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27
Jan

Transforming Pesticide Policy: Sign-on to Priorities for Obama Administration

Transforming Government’s Approach to Regulating Pesticides to Protect Public Health and the Environment is a document drafted by Beyond Pesticides and Pesticide Action Network North America that captures grassroots pesticide priorities for the Obama Administration. While we have already submitted these priorities to the Obama transition team, we ask for your support and suggestions because we will continue to use this document as we begin to work with the new administration. To sign on to the document, follow the link above and include your name, organization/company affiliation (if any), city and state in the comment field.

The document identifies what the Obama administration can/should take on under existing authority/statutory responsibility, with a specific focus on the first 100 days. Most of the comments in our document focus on pending regulatory actions and pending petitions before the government, either because of ongoing chemical reviews, pending rulemaking, or petitions. While we incorporate big picture thinking, we are focused on specific actions that the relevant agencies could take now. We plan to meet and communicate with the Obama administration to put these suggested actions in place.

Issues covered in the document include, but are not limited to: Promoting organic agriculture; Protecting sensitive species; Regulating endocrine disruptors; Protecting farmworkers and their families; Disclosing inert ingredients; Banning persistent, bioaccumulative pesticides; and, Protection from low-dose exposure.

Our intent is to (1) proactively outline pesticides issues during the transition (and so time is of the essence!), and (2) we view this device as a living document in which we seek input on a continuing basis to enable the pesticide reform movement to develop a national policy agenda over time, while we build consensus as a movement committed to healthy, clean and fair pesticides policy.

To sign on or to comment, visit: http://www.transformingpesticidepolicy.org. Please include your name, organization affiliation (if any), city and state in the comment field.

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