Beyond Toxics has brought forward 5 bills for consideration by the 2017 Oregon state legislature.
Lisa Arkin, Executive Director
Office: 541-465-8860 | Email: larkin (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Prior to her work with Beyond Toxics, Lisa spent thirteen years as an educator and associate professor at both Stanford University and University of Oregon. She has since accumulated deep experience in toxics use reduction advocacy, land use planning, environmental protection and strategic development for non-profit organizations. Lisa has served as Executive Director since 2005. | Read the Summer 2014 LandWatch interview (PDF)
- Oregon Pollinator Protection Act – SB 929 (more)
Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know bill – SB 892 (more)
What you can do
If you’d like to get involved and contact your state senator (Senate) or representative (House), but are unsure of who represents you, please look them up here: Find Your Oregon Legislator. For ideas about what to say in your communications, please click on the TAKE ACTION link for each bill listing below.
The Oregon Pollinator Protection Act (SB 929)
SB 929 | Summary
Requires State Department of Agriculture to classify neonicotinoids as restricted use pesticides. Requires department to restrict sale and use of pesticide products containing neonicotinoids. Creates exceptions. Requires that information concerning restrictions on neonicotinoid use be included in educational materials developed by Oregon State University and department. | The bill as introduced
Consumers are Unsuspecting Users of Dangerous, Bio-Persistent Pesticides
Pesticide labels don’t warn consumers about the uptake of neonicotinoids through tissue in trees and plants. Shoppers assume that products sold at garden and grocery stores are completely safe. People are less likely to read pesticide labels under the assumption that products are safe. Oregon currently protects people from 500 dangerous pesticides.
The Benefits of the Oregon Pollinator Protection Act:
The Oregon Pollinator Protection Act will place necessary restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides (adding them to the list of RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDES) for consumers’ purchase and use. Oregon already has rules to keep nearly 500 dangerous pesticides out of the hands of untrained consumers; it makes sense that neonicotinoids, highly toxic and bio-persistent, should be added to this list. This bill does not change the availability of neonicotinoids to professional applicators, farmers or veterinarians who are trained and licensed.
Oregon will join more than 20 states, cities, federal agencies and universities that have already taken steps to restrict neonicotinoids, including Portland, Eugene and Milwaukie. Oregon can be a leader in the protection and preservation of these insects so vital to and intertwined with our natural ecosystem and local agriculture.
Legislators who support SB 929:
Chief Sponsors: Sen. Floyd Prozanski – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1704 | Email
and Rep. Pam Marsh – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1405 | Email
Co-Sponsors: Sen. Kathleen Taylor – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1721 | Email
Rep. Paul Holvey – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1408 | Email
Sen. James Manning Jr. – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1707 | Email
Sen. Lew Frederick – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1722 | Email
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1725 | Email
Sen. Ginny Burdick – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1700 | Email
Rep. Chris Gorsek – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1449 | Email
Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1446 | Email
Rep. Tawna Sanchez – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1443 | Email
Rep. Janeen A. Sollman – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430 | Email
Rep. Rob Nosse – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1442 | Email
Rep. John Lively – Capitol Phone: 503-986-1412 | Email
SB 929, the Oregon Pollinator Protection Act (OPPA) is scheduled for a committee vote on Thursday at 1 pm! We need your FAST response to convince legislators that this bill deserves to brought to the full Senate.
Fill out one FAST form with your message of support for legislation to protect Oregon’s bees. Your message will be sent to all 5 members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources at once!
Are you a business or organization that would like to endorse the Oregon Pollinator Protection Act (SB 929)? Just fill out our endorsement form!
The Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know bill – SB 892
SB 892 | Summary: Requires filing notice with State Forestry Department of proposed aerial application of pesticide as planned forest management activity on privately owned forestland. | The bill as introduced->>
Statement of the problem
In Oregon, the law allows industrial timber companies to use helicopters to spray herbicides from the air throughout timberland. Until 2015 Oregon had no protective no-spray buffer zone to protect people and pets on their home property or children at schools. Also, under Oregon law, aerial spray applicators don’t have to provide records of their pesticide use, which leaves agencies and the public unable to monitor the impacts of chemical use in forestry.
After a vicious battle at the State Legislature, Beyond Toxics was able to force the State to adopt Oregon’s first-ever no spray zone to protect human health. New rules require a 60 ft. no-spray zone for homes and school buildings. Truly, this was a hard-fought outcome, but it is barely a band aid on a major hemorrhage. What’s needed is to ban aerial sprays on timber lands because of the extreme risk to human health, drinking water purity and impacts to wildlife.
The 2015 Legislature also refused to pass a law requiring the Dept. of Forestry to provide timely notification to residents, schools, medical and public facilities prior to aerial pesticide applications on nearby industrial timber land. Oregonians need timely notification to protect their children, pets, livestock, gardens and drinking water.
Until Oregon acts to ban aerial sprays, we must ensure the Legislature provides as many protections as possible to people impacted by aerial sprays. Oregon can help vulnerable rural families now by passing SB 892!
The Benefits of SB 892
SB 892 fixes two problems:
• ADVANCED WARNING FOR AERIAL SPRAYS: Rural residents need a warning prior to an aerial spray. A warning will help residents ensure the safety of their family, pets, livestock and gardens. E-warnings can be issued by the FERNS Notification system, a web-based, centralized database of all forestry operations managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The FERNS system can send out e-notifications to anyone requesting timely notification.
• REPORTING PESTICIDE USE: SB 892 requires a spray applicator to file spray records with the Dept. of Forestry within five days following a spray operation. The proposed rule is necessary because Oregonians have the right to know the extent of herbicide use in our watersheds, habitat lands and communities. Better communication would allow impacted communities and agencies to work collaboratively to minimize risk. Requiring the Spray Record uses existing regulatory infrastructure, such as FERNS and mandatory spray record keeping.
Introduced by Senator Michael Dembrow
SB 892, the aerial spray advanced notification bill is scheduled for a committee vote this Wednesday at 3 pm! We need your FAST response to convince legislators that this bill deserves to brought to the full Senate.
Or…fill out one FAST form with your message of support for legislation to reform Oregon’s aerial spray policies. Your message will be sent to all 5 members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources at once!
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