The current political climate has slowed or reversed progress towards meaningful pesticide reform at the national level. NCAP recognizes the need for states to step up and make lasting legislative change for the health of our communities and wildlife.
Our 2019 legislative priorities for the Northwest include:
Chlorpyrifos and Neonicotinoids (Oregon)
NCAP has joined the Oregon Pollinator Protection Alliance (OPPA) with a goal to help pass policies that advance protections for Oregon’s native pollinators. The OPPA is supporting 2019 legislation to ban chlorpyrifos (Lorsban) and restrict the sale of neonicotinoids to licensed applicators. Chlorpyrifos is highly toxic to farmworkers and salmon as well as pollinators. We support House Bill 3058 and Senate Bill 853.
Farmworker Family Protections (Washington)
We will safeguard farm worker families from pesticide drift by supporting efforts to establish a pesticide use reporting system, a notification system, and buffers around schools, housing and daycares. We support HB 1725/SB5550 (passed in 2018) as a first step, but in order to have meaningful change, we need to address drift, reduce pesticide use and consider a long term policy and rule change that will immediately protect farm workers and children.
Prevent Insecticide Sprays over Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor (Washington)
We will protect Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor from dangerous applications of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. Three bills were introduced that would declare a state of emergency for the bays, undermine the statutory authorities of the Department of Ecology (DOE) and disregard research showing likely harm from imidacloprid to the delicate balance of these estuaries. In a Spring 2018 re-examination of the application, DOE determined imidacloprid to have significant, adverse, and unavoidable impacts to both sediment quality and invertebrates living in the sediments and water column. DOE must be able to continue the work of protecting water quality and protecting the ecology of the state. We oppose the passage of HB 1037, HB 1611 and SB 5626.
Saving America’s Pollinators Act (National)
Originally introduced in 2014, the current bill, led by Congressman Earl Blumenaur, proposes banning of the bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides and directs the EPA to establish a pollinator board that would independently review pesticides for their impact to pollinators or their habitat. We will push representatives to co-sponsor this bill and bring it to a vote.