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Erin Perkins

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  • signed Imidacloprid Oyster Petition 2017-10-26 22:33:52 -0700
    This sounds like a bad idea due to all the life it will effect. Those chemicals will end up contaminating the food chain. Remember, pesticides come from the same chemical family as nerve gas and other chemical warfare. Please Do No Harm conduct thorough studies and seek out lots of public input before making decisions that could have irreversible consequences.

    Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest

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    Thank you for your interest in this petition, however, the comment period is now closed. You may read or sign, but no additional signatures will be sent to the Washington Department of Ecology at this time.

    The Washington Department of Ecology is examining an application to allow an imidacloprid insecticide application to the waters of Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The use of imidacloprid is intended to control two native species of burrowing shrimp, ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis) and mud shrimp (Upogebia pugettensis), which are negatively affecting oyster farming.

    Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has been following this issue. We’ve researched scientific data on this pesticide and we have reviewed the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). We will soon submit a comment letter which raises serious concerns about the conclusions by the Department of Ecology and possible approval of the use of imidacloprid in a tidal area.

    Petition Text:

    154 signatures

    "We, the undersigned, support efforts to protect this fragile ecosystem from a potentially dangerous pesticide application. This plan is understudied, inadequate and fails to protect community and environmental health!

    We support timely efforts to expand promising alternatives to neonicotinoids and to increase their feasibility and effectiveness. Investments should be made in educational, technical, financial, policy, and market support to accelerate adoption of alternatives rather than continuing to rely on highly toxic pesticides. Research and demonstration are needed to determine and improve the most effective alternatives and their respective potential and feasibility for farms of different sizes, locations, shrimp population density, and access to equipment. The state should invest its resources in these efforts prior to and instead of allowing toxic contamination of state estuaries.

    Department of Ecology must protect Washington’s water, wildlife, public health, and local economies from the harmful impacts of toxic pesticides. The future of oyster farming in Washington State depends on the industry’s ability to adopt sustainable cultural and management strategies."

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  • endorsed 2016-08-25 06:31:58 -0700

    Join the Healthy Schools Action Team

    The goal of the action team is to build a support base of 500 or more concerned parents, family members and residents who will mobilize and take action to organize healthier, pesticide-free schools.

    Become part of our team to help assist Healthy Schools and Healthy Kids by taking this pledge of support.  By signing up you will receive: 

    • Pride that you are helping students and employees--we’ll share a final list with legislators who are making decisions on community health
    • NCAP Monthly Newsletter (includes updates on the Health People and Communities program)
    • Emails on developments specific to your area
    • Opportunities to engage in a campaign to reduce pesticide exposure (such as an invitation to a school weeding party, links to send an email to a school board or legislator or other nearby efforts)

     Don’t worry; you can opt out of these notices at any time.

    Sign the Pledge and Join the Healthy Schools Action Team:

    "In order to perform their best, all students need a healthy school environment. Children need protection from chemical exposure because they are more susceptible to the detrimental effects of pesticides than adults. Since their physiology is developing, pesticides can disrupt natural growth processes resulting in long term negative health effects.  Reducing pesticide use in schools improves indoor air quality, improves test scores and reduces absenteeism; it can save district money and promote a healthier overall environment. I pledge to support Healthy Schools and Healthy Kids!"

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