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California pushes forward with statewide pesticide notification system as Shafter project stalls

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In this 2017 file photo, Heike Duran, a graphic artist at the Kern County Public Health Services Department, rinses her eyes from a hose during a pesticide overspray training exercise near Wasco.

What began as a Shafter initiative aimed at notifying local residents about farmers' plans to apply pesticides nearby is increasingly shaping up to be a statewide project that may or may not have a separate Kern County parallel activists are fighting for.

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation said by email Tuesday the agency is in the beginning stages of a rule-making process that could begin gathering public input this summer.