Ashley Chesser signed Protect Farm Worker Safety 2017-12-22 10:48:47 -0800We need to do better for the workers and families involved in growing our food! Please enact the 300-ft. buffer around farm worker housing!
Oregon’s OSHA has a responsibility to protect worker safety and health. A new proposal being considered by Oregon OSHA threatens farm worker family safety. Join NCAP and others in opposing this rule change and calling for protection from pesticide exposure!
A new federal rule called the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) included a provision called an Agricultural Exclusion Zone (AEZ) to protect anyone within range of a pesticide application. The AEZ is an area surrounding the application equipment that must be free of all persons other than appropriately trained and equipped handlers. The AEZ moves with the application equipment, akin to a “halo.” The size of an AEZ varies from zero to 100 feet, depending on the type of application and other factors, including droplet size, and height of nozzles above the planting medium.
The new rule requires the handler to suspend the application if any workers or other persons are anywhere in the AEZ. This requirement is NOT limited to the boundaries of the establishment. This includes people occupying migrant labor camps or other housing or buildings that are located on the agricultural establishment.
Oregon OSHA is proposing to:
- decline to adopt the recent federal rule strengthening worker protections for agriculture (the “Worker Protection Standard” or WPS - 40 CFR 170.405(a)), and
- implement OAR 437-004- 6405 instead (which calls for worker families to “shelter in place” in their houses).
Comments will be submitted on January 30, 2018.
Petition language:20 signatures
We, the undersigned, call on Oregon’s OSHA to protect worker safety and community health.
In solidarity with farm worker and community organizations, we support a 300-ft. permanent buffer around farm worker housing for pesticide sprays. Farm workers and their families deserve protection. It is time for OSHA to be firm on this issue, and to adopt the best strategy to protect worker and family health and safety.
Ashley Chesser signed Imidacloprid Oyster Petition 2017-10-24 11:06:23 -0700Please protect community and environmental health by denying this application. We need alternatives, not toxic contamination of Washington waters.
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:156 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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Ashley Chesser answered 2017-06-19 15:02:37 -0700Q: For each of the following situations, decide whether an insectary strip, cover cropping, or both would be appropriate.
A: Improving water infiltration for subsequent crops
Ashley Chesser answered 2017-06-19 16:34:23 -0700Q: What can the public do to improve sustainability of crop pollination and stabilize natural ecosystems?
A: All of the above
Ashley Chesser signed Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact! 2017-04-27 16:51:54 -0700As a mother I am very concerned about my daughter’s health. The EPA’s own scientists recommend banning chlorpyrifos because it can harm children’s brains, and it’s so frustrating that Scott Pruitt isn’t following the recommendation of his own agency. Please please stop disregarding human and animal health because you are anti-regulation. Do you really want the decimation of an endangered species on your hands? Do the right thing here for all of us.
Dow Chemical Plant, Photo courtesy Sea Grant
Thank you for your interest. However, we have already submitted all comments to the EPA here. Any new signatures will not be submitted at this time.
Tell EPA: Protect People & Endangered Species from Pesticides
The continued survival of threatened salmon and steelhead species on the West Coast is in jeopardy from current-use pesticides. In more than half of the Biological Opinions issued for 31 pesticides, the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the use of the pesticide under existing labels would threaten the continued existence of one or more salmon or steelhead species. 
Despite these analyses, the chemical industry has counseled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to forget about endangered species.
We are very concerned about recent industry efforts to dismiss analyses completed by the EPA and National Marine Fisheries Service. As reported by the New York Times on April 20, 2017, Dow Chemical and other pesticide makers are asking the EPA to “set aside” its endangered species analyses, charging that the science underlying the most recent analysis was not “reliable.” The most recent evaluation concluded that the use of chlorpyrifos, a highly neurotoxic insecticide, would be likely to adversely affect ALL of the salmon and steelhead listed on the Endangered Species list, as well as most other endangered and threatened species nationwide. Interestingly, Dow contributed $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.
Chlorpyrifos, sold as Dursban and Lorsban, has also been implicated in numerous human health issues over the years, including lower brain function in children. The EPA recently declined to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food.
Help us push back! Sign this petition to the EPA asking them to protect people and endangered species. We are collecting signatures until May 15, 2017 and then delivering to the EPA.
 See completed consultation documents at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/consultation/pesticides.htm134 signatures
Don't ignore the findings of federal scientists. Uphold science-based analysis of endangered species in pesticide registration decisions. And don’t ignore people! Ban the use of Chlorpyrifos in food production to protect community health.
Ashley Chesser signed Thank You Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew 2017-04-24 11:07:24 -0700Thank you so much for your hard work to make your capitol a beautiful and healthy place without toxic pesticides! I live in Oregon but am so impressed and I hope the Oregon capitol follows suit!
(photo courtesy Neil Harris, taken March 31, 2017)
Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!
You can send your own thank you note to the following address:
Brent Chapman and Staff
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
PO Box 41401
Olympia, WA 98504-1401
Thank you, groundskeepers!
In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!
Please sign this virtual thank you card and share with friends on social media. We will collect signatures until May 8, 2017 and then deliver to the groundskeeping staff.431 signatures
The Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!
We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.
Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.
Thank you to the hardworking crew at the capitol!
Ashley Chesser donated 2017-04-12 12:35:48 -0700
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Ashley Chesser tagged Senator Chase Receives Rachel Carson Award with people & communities 2015-10-12 11:25:35 -0700
10/7/2015. Our Healthy Harvest award winner gets some press!
Ashley Chesser tagged Florida Farmworkers Praise New EPA Pesticide Rules with food & farms 2015-10-12 11:06:03 -0700
10/4/2015. New minimum age requirements! "This is huge. You have no idea how big this is for farmworkers," said Jeannie Economos, pesticide-safety and environmental-health project coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida in Apopka.
Ashley Chesser tagged Monsanto's Migraine: The biotech giant is facing one fiasco after another with wildlife & water 2015-10-12 11:07:46 -0700
10/3/2015. Carcinogenic herbicides. EU bans. Errant tweets. The massive multinational can't seem to escape bad press of late.
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