Ban Chlorpyrifos in Oregon

Let’s work to provide overdue protections for Oregon’s children, farm workers and wildlife.

Beyond Toxics supports HB 2619-A Engrossed, a bill in the Oregon legislature that would ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic nerve agent pesticide proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways and harm wildlife. We are coordinating a strong coalition of organizations and businesses to support HB 2619-A Engrossed in the Oregon legislature to address the harms caused by chlorpyrifos, a notorious pesticide that is the target of restrictions in other states in the U.S.

HB 2619-A Engrossed will ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic nerve agent pesticide proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways and harm wildlife.

TALKING POINTS

For 50 years chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide, has been damaging children’s brains, harming farm workers and contaminating our food. In 2016, after years of study, the US EPA found that children face an unacceptable risk of permanent brain damage from exposure to chlorpyrifos in food and drinking water, and recommended a nationwide ban. The Trump Administration reversed the proposed ban in 2017. Nonetheless, the EPA was ordered by federal courts to ban this dangerous pesticide from use on food crops.

Oregon should take the strongest possible action to protect farm workers, children and the safety of our food with a statewide ban on chlorpyrifos. Hawaii has already banned chlorpyrifos and other states are taking action as well. We can no longer wait for a dysfunctional EPA, heavily influenced by pesticide makers, to act to protect children! It’s time for Oregon to TAKE ACTION!

KEY TALKING POINTS

    • After years of study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists concluded that chlorpyrifos is unsafe at any detectable level and should be banned, without exemptions. Children are especially susceptible to exposure, resulting in brain damage and developmental disabilities.
    • Farm workers and rural communities are at highest risk of exposure from drift.
    • Communities are exposed to drift from nearby orchards and fields, Christmas tree farms, grass seed fields and golf courses.
    • Chlorpyrifos is extremely toxic to birds, fish and beneficial insects such as bees.
    • There is no safe level of chlorpyrifos in drinking water.
    • Chlorpyrifos is particularly dangerous for pregnant women because of their toxicity to the developing infant.
    • Chlopyrifos is found in common family foods like apples, applesauce and cereals, sometimes at unsafe levels for children.

HB 2619-A Engrossed would provide much-needed and long overdue protections for Oregon’s children, farm workers and wildlife.


Read a sample letter/email and brief talking points for your calls (PDF)


Steps you can take to BAN chlorpyrifos:
Contact state legislators and ask that they support the effort to ban this hazardous organophosphate pesticide, chlorpyrifos, known to cause permanent brain damage in young children.

Contact House Speaker Tina Kotek: Rep.TinaKotek@oregonlegislature.gov
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1200

IMPORTANT:

Representative Brian Clem
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1421
Email: Rep.BrianClem@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Brad Witt
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1431
Email: Rep.BradWitt@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Caddy McKeown
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1409
Email: Rep.CaddyMcKeown@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Susan McLain
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1429
Email: Rep.SusanMclain@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Anna Williams
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1452
Email: Rep.AnnaWilliams@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Janeen A. Sollman
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Email: Rep.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Nancy Nathanson
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1413
Email: Rep.NancyNathanson@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Dan Rayfield
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1416
Email: Rep.DanRayfield@oregonlegislature.gov

ALSO: contact these legislators in the House Rules Committee TODAY:

Representative Paul Holvey
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1408

House Democratic Leader Jennifer Williamson
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1436

House Republican Leader Carl Wilson
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1403

Representative Denyc Boles
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1419

Representative Rob Nosse
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1442

Representative Barbara Smith Warner
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1445

Representative Sherrie Sprenger
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1417

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