Sending Office: Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez
Sent By:
Jacob.Hochberg@mail.house.gov

Co-sponsors in 115th Congress (61): Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Pramilia Jayapal, Rep. DeFazio, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Earl Blumenauer,
Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Jan Schakowsky,
Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Raskin, Rep. McGovern, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ted W. Lieu, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Bobby Rush, Rep. Pingree, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Adam Smith,
Rep. Huffman, Rep. Espilliat, Rep. Fudge, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Sander M. Levin, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, Rep. Quigley, Rep. Chu, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep.
Pete Visclosky, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Daniel Lipinski, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Grace Napolitano, Rep. Dave Cicilline, Rep. Michael Capuano, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Tulsi
Gabbard

Co-sponsors in the 116th Congress (20): Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva, Rep. David N. Cicilline, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. McNerney, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Blumenauer, Rep.
Bonamici, Rep.
 Roybal-Allard, Rep. Quigley, Rep. Lee, Rep. Schakowsky, Rep. Chu, Rep. Eleanor H. Norton, Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, Rep. Gabbard, Rep. Jackson Lee, Rep. Watson Coleman, Rep. McCollum,
Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Mark Pocan

Endorsing Organizations (25): Earthjustice, NRDC, League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Sierra Club, United Farm Workers (UFW), Pesticide Action Network, Friends of the Earth, Audubon, Environmental
Working Group, Alaska Wilderness League, Child Labor Coalition, National Consumers League, Farmworker Justice, National Farm Worker Ministry,
 Red Hook Initiative, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Lower East Side Ecology
Center,
Farmworker Association of Florida, NYC H2O, UFW Foundation, PlantPure Communities, Beyond Toxics, Defenders of Wildlife

Please join me to champion environmental justice and public health by co-sponsoring the reintroduction of H.R. 3380, the Pesticide Protection Act of 2017, on day one of the 116th Congress.

Renamed the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019, my legislation bans the use and stockpile of Chlorpyrifos, an extremely harmful pesticide that former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt eliminated by reversing an Obama-era ban.
The New York Times highlighted in a July 2nd, 2017 article, “he (Pruitt) reversed a ban on the use of a pesticide that the
EPA’s own scientists have said is linked to damage of children’s nervous systems[1]”. Additionally, HR 3380 was included in in the Food Policy Action
Network’s sixth annual Scorecard, which is responsible for “covering votes and proposed bills across the food system in 2017…co-sponsorships are accurately reflected in the Member’s record on Food Policy”

According to reports, on March 9th of 2017, Mr. Pruitt met with a pesticide manufacturer for 25 minutes to reconsider an Obama-era ban on the use of Chlorpyrifos and promptly reversed the ban. This is a clear example of Administrator Pruitt kowtowing
to powerful companies that trample on our collective health and exposes children to toxic materials all in the name of profits.

Many studies have linked prenatal Chlorpyrifos exposures to autism and related disorders. For example, University of California, Davis researchers found that women in the second trimester who lived near fields treated with Chlorpyrifos had children that
were 3.3 times more likely to have autism.[2] Additionally, in a long-term study from 1997 to 2004 by Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental
Health – and funded by grants from EPA and the National Institutes of Health – “results showed that higher prenatal CPF [Chlorpyrifos] exposure, as measured in umbilical cord blood plasma, was associated with decreases in cognitive functioning on two different
WISC-IV [Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th edition] indices, in a sample of urban minority children at 7 years of age.”[3]

Finally, EPA research indicates Chlorpyrifos, which is in the same family as Sarin gas, can lead to cholinesterase inhibition in humans with high exposures. In other words, this pesticide can overstimulate the nervous system causing nausea, dizziness, confusion,
and at very high exposures (e.g., accidents or major spills), respiratory paralysis and even death. Occupational exposure to Chlorpyrifos is a concern to the EPA and current Chlorpyrifos labels require workers handling and applying Chlorpyrifos to wear additional
personal protective equipment (e.g. chemical resistant gloves, coveralls, and respirators), and restricting entry into treated fields from twenty-four hours up to five days.

Our legislation, the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019, bans this harmful pesticide by cancelling current EPA registration and prohibiting any future registration of pesticides that contain Chlorpyrifos. Join me in protecting public health and ending
the Trump Administration’s assault on our public health and the environment.

If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this important legislation, please contact Jacob Hochberg on my staff at Jacob.Hochberg@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Nydia M. Velázquez                                                              

Member of Congress   

 


[1] Davenport, Coral. “Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 July
2017

[2] Konkel, Lindsey. “Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields.” Scientific American,

[3] https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1003160/

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