LePage aiming to do away with local control of pesticide use!
Please help block this bill by calling senators and representatives ASAP.
If this bill passes, it would nullify South Portlan's Pesticide ordinance.
The Public Hearing was this past Monday, May 1st, but there is still time to make your voice heard, because the work session for the bill is scheduled for May 8th, so make those calls!!!
Below is a recent alert from MOFGA - please take action according to their instructions.
(You can also email directly to Senator Davis and Senator Martin who are on the Standing Committee who took written testimony Monday, as well as go to maine.gov.)
LePage Bill Would Preempt Local Pesticide Control
Public Hearing Scheduled For Monday Morning, May 1st At 10:00 a.m.
Please Contact Your Legislators Today And Urge Them
To Oppose LD 1505 - The Bill That Would Undermine Local Pesticide Control Ordinances
Find your senator.
Find your representative.
This week Governor LePage resurrected a campaign to prohibit municipalities from regulating the sale and use of pesticides. LD 1505, euphamistically entitled, An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Pesticides, would overturn at least 27 policies statewide designed to protect human health and the environment from synthetic pesticides.
Read the text of the governor's bill.
Maine towns with pesticide control ordinances include: Allagash, Amherst, Arrowsic, Brighton Plantation, Brunswick, Castine, Coplin Plantation, Cranberry Isles, Harpswell, Lebanon, Limerick, Limestone, Montville, Newburgh, New Gloucester, New Sweden, Ogunquit, Owl's Head, Rangeley, Rockland, South Portland, Southport, Standish, Sweden, Waterboro, Wayne, and Wells. People in many more Maine communities are organizing and hoping to pass strong ordinances to prevent the unnecessary spraying of synthetic pesticides for aesthetic purposes.
For many decades, federal and state governments have failed to protect the public from exposure to harmful pesticides. Awareness is growing about the inherent danger of pesticides, yet Maine has witnessed a dramatic increase in the use of pesticides -- a 700% increase in the use by homeowners and lawn & tree care companies over the past two decades. Communities around Maine are tired of waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency and Maine's Board of Pesticides Control to come up with an effective plan so they are taking matters into their own hands and adopting local ordinances restricting the sale and use of pesticides.
Pesticides have been linked to asthma, cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects, reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and liver damage. Children are especially sensitive to pesticide exposure.Pesticides also negatively impact wildlife and the environment. Aquatic animals are extremely sensitive to pesticide runoff.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that 33% of major aquifers and 50% of shallow wells contain one or more pesticides at detectable levels.
Maine has no meaningful pesticide spray buffer zones to protect communities from pesticide drift.
Maine's local ordinances vary widely in content and fit the unique needs of individual communities.
Increased municipal interest in reducing pesticide use reflects the failure of state government to do so, even though Maine law states, "It is the policy of the State to work to find ways to use the minimum amount of pesticides needed to effectively control targeted pests in all areas of application".
Maine communities should be able to decide for themselves whether to limit the use of harmful pesticides in order to protect the public's health.
The Legislature's State and Local Government Committee will hold a public hearing on LD 1505 this coming Monday morning, May 1, at 10 a.m. in room 214 of the Cross Office Building behind the State Capitol.
Please come to the hearing and urge the Committee to reject this horrible betrayal of democracy and local control.
If you are not able to attend the hearing on such short notice, you may submit comments to the committee. Please address your comments to: Senator Paul Davis, Representative Danny Martin and members of the Committee on State and Local Government. Send your comments to the Committee clerk, Rebecca Harvey, at Rebecca.Harvey@Legislature.Maine.gov, or via mail c/o Legislative Information Office, 100 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.
It is also essential to let your own legislators know that you want them to oppose LD 1505.
Find your senator.
Find your representative.
The best and most effective way to relay your concerns is by phone. Please call today!
~ Meg Braley and the Protect South Portland Team