Reintroduced to the House on March 4, 2015 by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the bill proposes the suspended use of the nitro group of neonicotinoid pesticides and directs the EPA to perform a deeper evaluation of their impacts on pollinators.
This bill is gaining support. It now has 20 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. In March 2015 a coalition of beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates rallied in front of the White House and delivered more than 4 million petition signatures calling on the Obama administration to put forth strong protections for bees and other pollinators.
After record-breaking bee die-offs 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.
Saving America's Pollinators Act would also require the U.S. Department of the Interior to work with the EPA to monitor and report on the health of population status of native bees.
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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 1284, Representative Blumenauer's Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2015. 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 1284!