Pesticide Bill SB 3095 SD1 HD1 Could Make Hawaii Schools Safer

SB 3095 could curb some of the dangerous side effects of spraying restricted use pesticides.

The buffer zone between schools and field spraying would be increased. A small incremental change but a positive shift in the legislature. The international seed companies that do most of the spraying will also be required to disclose what chemicals they are spraying.

This will be helpful to doctors who will now be able to check to see which poison may have triggered a reaction in a patient. School children were poisoned twice by pesticide drift. Some of the children were taken to the hospital. In recent years Hawaii 5,000 people have marched through the streets of Lehui for pesticide safety and the right to know what’s being sprayed next to their homes, schools and churches.

According to the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action,

“SB 3095 SD1 HD1 is poised to make history, including provisions for mandatory disclosure by the largest users of restricted use pesticides (RUP’s), no-spray zones around schools and a ban on the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos.”

On April 9th, let’s help bring SB 3095 SD1 HD1 over the finish line.

Join HAPA for any or all of the following events:

Keiki First! Rally April 9th: 12 – 2pm in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Rotunda:

Join us for: Keiki First! A Rally for Historic Pesticide Regulation at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol in the Rotunda from 12-2pm, followed by a grassroots lobby day after 2pm.

On April 9th a coalition of partners and allies from across Hawaiʻi will gather to raise our collective voices: community advocates, residents on the frontlines of pesticide drift, teachers, students, doctors, scientists, farmers and legislators will come together to speak up for these basic protections.

Chlorpyrifos expert to visit Hawaiʻi:

One featured speaker at the rally will be chlorpyrifos expert, Dr. Virginia Rauh, ScD. She is the Deputy Director of the Columbia University Children’s Center for Environmental Health, and has been the principal investigator on studies documenting the impacts of chlorpyrifos on child neurodevelopment and brain abnormalities. This article by Dr. Rauh on the impacts of chlorpyrifos was published in the New England Journal of Medicine just yesterday:

Polluting Developing Brains — EPA Failure on Chlorpyrifos,
by Virginia A. Rauh, ScD

The science on chlorpyrifos has never been more compelling. Even at the lowest levels, this dangerous neurotoxin can permanently damage children’s brains. The EPA was poised to ban chlorpyrifos prior to the Trump Administration, but then reversed its position after Scott Pruitt was appointed. We know that we cannot count on the EPA to protect us, so we urge our state legislators to take action.

Symposium on Chlorpyrifos: April 9th, 5:30-7:30pm – Aloha Tower, HPU

In the evening Dr. Rauh will be the featured keynote speaker on a panel at HPU. She will share more of her findings in-depth.

The event takes place from 5:30-7:30 pm on Monday, April 9, at Multipurpose Room (MPR) 3 at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the host is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Allison Gough.

Symposium Title: “Pesticides and Their Impact on the Neurological Development of Children in Hawaiʻi.”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Virginia Rauh, Professor of Public Health at Columbia University and Deputy Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health

Thank you for taking action.

Together, we can protect our communities and Hawai‘i’s precious land and waters.

In partnership and solidarity,
The HAPA Team

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