Hawaii may ban neurotoxic pesticide that EPA kept on the market
Published: June 7, 2018
Category: Pesticide Hazards, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter
In May, the Hawaii legislature made a momentous decision to pass a bill that would ban the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos.
The bill, SB 3095, includes several other protections from and disclosures around pesticides that can harm children, including buffer zones around schools. The bill now heads to Hawaii Governor David Ige — who can sign or veto the legislation.
The success of this bill was thanks to the tireless, collaborative work of the Protect Our Keiki coalition and community members from across the islands who organized educational events, called their legislators and shared their stories. Before passing the state House and Senate, the bill had to first pass through the Conference Committee — which it did unopposed after hundreds of people delivered written and spoken testimony about their experiences with pesticides and drift in their communities.
After the Trump administration reversed course on a national planned ban of the neurotoxic pesticide, Hawaii would be the first state to successfully pass legislation at the state level. Meanwhile, California regulators are deliberating a ban, and a bill was recently introduced in New Jersey.
Source: Pesticide Action Network
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