VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020R1/Measures/Overview/HB4109
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020R1/Committees/SENR/Overview
This bill prohibits aerial pesticide applicator from spraying or otherwise applying by aircraft pesticide product containing chlorpyrifos. Prohibits person from applying pesticide product containing chlorpyrifos within 300 feet of campus of school. Will deny the use of pesticide containing chlorpyrifos without a guarantee of a replacement product.
The 2016 assessment identified risks from dietary exposure as a result of ingesting residues of chlorpyrifos on food crops and risks from drinking water containing chlorpyrifos. Currently, chlorpyrifos remains a registered pesticide. In 2019, Oregon, along with other states, challenged the EPA’s decision allowing for continued use of chlorpyrifos. House Bill 4109 prohibits the use of any pesticide product containing chlorpyrifos as of January 1, 2022 and limits current usage until ban takes affect in 2022. Requires person that employs worker to take steps to ensure that worker does not enter into area in which pesticide product containing chlorpyrifos was applied within eight preceding calendar days. Requires State Department of Agriculture to revoke, on January 1, 2022, pesticide registrations for pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos.
Complete prohibiting spraying can have unforeseen consequences. With the deadline to end its use, without a guarantee that an alternative, it’s unfair to Farmers that rely on protecting crops from pests.