Friday, April 12, 2013

Rep. Gara Introduces Bill to Protect Salmon Streams and Water Sources from Toxic Pesticides

Juneau, AK - This week, Representative Les Gara introduced legislation (HB 201) which, if passed, would protect salmon streams and drinking water sources from toxic pesticides by establishing buffer zones. HB 201 would establish important buffer zones to prevent the application of herbicides and pesticides within 150 feet of salmon streams and 600 feet of drinking water sources. HB 201 would also restore requirements for public notification and opportunities for public participation in the pesticide permitting process.
House Bill 201 is "An Act relating to the application of non-aerial pesticides and broadcast chemicals near fish habitat or water for human consumption, and in public places." Representative Gara stated, “If Alaskans’ drinking water, children or fishing streams are at risk, Alaskans should have a say.”
In February, the Parnell Administration issued regulations that eliminated the right of Alaskans to participate in decisions about the spraying of toxic pesticides and herbicides on public lands. The Administration’s regulation changes issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) eliminated requirements to identify and safeguard the state’s waters including salmon streams, sensitive waterways, drinking water sources, fish and wildlife habitat, and public health.
“I am responding to the concerns of Alaskans about the need to protect salmon and their habitat from harmful chemicals. I also hear deep concerns about the potential for contamination of our drinking water sources as a critical public health issue,” stated Representative Les Gara. “This bill offers protection of these vital resources and re-establishes right-to-know provisions and public involvement in decisions about pesticide use in public places."
“We’re grateful that Rep. Gara is listening to the concerns of Alaskans. I want to prevent harm to our salmon streams and drinking water sources for our health and well-being and the health of our children,” stated Dr. Birgit Lenger, a new mother and Anchorage physician.
HB 201 is referred to the House Special Committee on Fisheries and Resources.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is a statewide non-profit public interest environmental health research and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting environmental health and achieving environmental justice. Alaska Community Action on Toxics mission: to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. We believe that everyone has a right to clean air, clean water and toxic-free food. We work to stop the production, proliferation, and release of toxic chemicals that may harm human health or the environment. For more information, please call 907-222-7714. | Facebook | Twitter @ak_action


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If Alaskans’ drinking water, children or fishing streams are at risk, Alaskans should really have a say. Thanks Rep. Gara for taking a step forward.