Appeal to your representative Senators!
Toxic chemicals surround us. We envelope ourselves and our children in toxic perfumed laundry detergents; we smear our bodies and hair with untested creams, gels and shampoos. We further damage our health with pesticides used in lawn and garden care, and in agriculture. It is time for legislation to replace the never adequate and very outdated Toxics Substances Control Act. To view each entry, just click on the title or link(s) within each entry.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
After the hearings for New Hampshire's HB 1456, a bill to study banning the use of pesticides on school grounds, Paul Tukey of SafeLawns gathered the following information for state representatives. (Please note that the "trends" are from February 2010. Now, there is a ban on Weed and Feed in 80% of Canada!) Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have legislation eliminating the use of pesticides on school grounds, playing fields and state parks. Currently, Maine and New Hampshire are moving towards similar legislation. 17 of 32 (53%) of the most commonly registered and utilized lawn pesticide products in New Hampshire include ingredients that are likely carcinogens, as defined by the EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. 13 of 32 (41%) of the approved lawn pesticide products include ingredients that are banned or restricted in other countries due to their health and environmental impacts. New Hampshire has just one person in charge of registering all categories of pesticides (thousands) in the state. New Hampshire has just two people policing 1,800 licensed pesticide applicators across the state.