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Chlorpyrifos ban resurfaces in Oregon Legislature

Wednesday, May 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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A proposed ban on chlorpyrifos is scheduled for a hearing today in the House Rules Committee. House Bill 2619 would prohibit the sale, purchase or use of pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos in the state of Oregon.
 
OAN opposes this bill, because the chemical is an essential tool used for controlling pests on certain agricultural specialty crops with limited or no alternatives. For this very reason, many of these crops have state-approved special local need registrations of chlorpyrifos.
 
Comments on the bill may be submitted to the Rules Committee (hrules.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov) as well as to one’s senator and representatives. (Find your legislator.) Members interested in testifying in person may contact Katie Fast at Oregonians for Food and Shelter at katie@ofsonline.org. Testimony will be limited due to the committee’s time constraints.
 
Earlier, OAN did successfully petition the House Energy and Environment Committee to remove restrictions on the neonicotinoid class of chemicals from the bill.