SB3095hd1 deals with the regulation of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s) and contains three primary components:
1) Requires the annual disclosure of RUP use by the very largest users.
2) Provides for modest “no-spray buffer zones” around schools, during school hours.
3) Implements a “phased” ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, a known neurotoxin. The ban allows for “exemptions” for those operations who need additional time to adapt accordingly.
While the provisions are modest from an advocates perspective, school buffer zones and chlorpyrifos provisions at least provide some tangible protections and disclosure that will provide valuable data for future decision making.
Email YOUR SENATOR NOW!! Ask that they support SB3095hd1 without making any further changes to it. Contact info at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=S