Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have drafted a bill that will suspend use of the worst neonicotinoid pesticides and direct EPA to perform a deeper evaluation of their impacts on pollinators.
This bill is gaining support. It now has 73 co-sponsors!
Based on growing evidence linking neonicotinoid pesticides to dramatic declines in bee populations, many concerned parties have asked that EPA perform a more stringent review of the chemicals' environmental impacts. Just last year, a coalition of beekeepers, environmental, and conservation groups delivered a substantial petition to EPA calling for the suspension of a particular neonicotinoid called clothianidin. The petition was ultimately denied by EPA.
Now, after record-breaking bee dieoffs in Hillsboro and Wilsonville, Oregon, the urgency of this issue is even more apparent, and lawmakers are responding to the need for better research on neonicotinoids and their effects.
The Saving America's Pollinators Act would also require the U.S. Department of the Interior to work with EPA to conduct reporting on current U.S. bee populations and changes in bee population level.
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Tell your Representative: Co-sponsor the Saving America's Pollinators Act!
Here's what to say:
Hi, my name is _______________,
I'm a constituent of Representative ____________. I'm calling to ask you to please co-sponsor HR 2692, Representative Blumenauer's Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2013. This bill will help protect bees and other pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides, and it will spur new scientific review of pesticide impacts that are not yet wholly understood.
This bill will also bring the U.S. up to speed in an area where it has sadly fallen behind. As you may know, the European Union placed its own suspension on neonicotinoid pesticides earlier this year in order to protect pollinators from possible harm while scientists study the chemicals more fully. The United States should take similar steps to protect its natural resources, its public health, and its pollinators.
Please co-sponsor HR 2692!
Rep. Kurt Schrader
District Office: (503) 588-9100
DC Office: (202) 225-5711
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
District Office: (503) 469-6010
DC Office: (202) 225-0855
Rep. Greg Walden
District Office: (541) 389-4408
DC Office: (202) 225-6730
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Call to say thanks for the bill!)
District Office: (503) 231-2300
DC Office: (202) 225-4811
Rep. Peter DeFazio (Call to say thanks for co-sponsoring)
District Office: (541) 465-6732
DC Office: (202) 225-6416
Rep. Raul R. Labrador
District Office: (208) 888 - 3188
DC Office: (202) 225-6611
Rep. Mike Simpson
District Office: (208) 334-1953
DC Office: (202) 225-5531
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Rep. Steve Daines
District Office: (406) 969 1736
DC Office: (202) 225-3211
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