Pesticide Bill SB 3095 SD1 HD1 Could Make Hawaii Schools Safer

Saturday April 28th Update from the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action:

YOU DID IT!!! All your calls, emails, letters the editor, and testimony paid off. Yesterday SB 3095 CD1 unanimously passed conference committee. This a huge hurdle. Take a moment to celebrate this historic win!

This is the furthest any state pesticide bill has advanced to date, and represents the cumulative effort of so many individuals and organizations over many years. Mahalo for your persistence, and commitment to the protection of our future generations.

The next stop is a House and Senate floor vote this Tuesday May 1, starting around 10am. If the bill passes a floor vote it will move to Governor’s Ige’s desk.

Please take a moment to thank your District Representative and Senator (contact info is below)

They each will vote again on this issue, Tuesday morning and you can be sure between now and then the Hawai’i Crop Improvement Association (HCIA) will be lobbying them heavily doing everything they can to stop or reverse this vote.

This is the first time ever the Hawai’i legislature has gone against the wishes of the HCIA (Monsanto, Dow Agrosciences, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta/Hartung etc) and you can bet, they are working around the clock at this very moment strategizing on how to beat us.  FWIW: Dow Chemical is the primary manufacturer and seller of chlorpyrifos.

Here are three excellent reports on what happened yesterday and further describe the content of SB3095CD1.

Here is contact info for the entire Senate (by District):

Here is contact info for the entire House (by District):

Please make the effort to identify and thank specifically YOUR DISTRICT Senate and House member.

Please also if you can give a special shout out of thanks to:

*Senator Russell Ruderman the Bills primary introducer

*Kauai Representative Dee Morikawa who played an essential role in bringing key legislators to the table allowing a meaningful measure to emerge.

*Senator Mike Gabbard who is Chair of the Environment and Agriculture Committee, and has been steadfast in his leadership and commitment in passing the Bill.

*Representative Chris Lee who has been with us year after year, and whose leadership on this and on so many issues relating to environmental protection is invaluable.

*Representative Richard Creagan (MD), whose initiative and advocacy resulted in the ban on chlorpyrifos being a critical part of the Bill.

And of course, Speaker of the House Representative Scott Saiki, Senate President Ronald Kouchi, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke and Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz who recognize the importance of the issue, and that this measure at this time, deserved to be passed into law.

Thank you for taking action. 
Together, we can protect our communities and Hawai‘i’s precious land and waters.

Previous post update:

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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