POW Pesticide Free Meeting Noon May 24th - P.O.W. Report

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

POW Pesticide Free Meeting Noon May 24th

Meeting will be on the 12 mile road off on the west side of the Hydaburg Highway. Jan Trojan is heading up this project and may be contacted at jantrojanvfw@gmail.com 

Pesticide spraying by the state of Alaska has been a controversial topic for many years, back in 2015 Rep Tomkins and Ortiz introduced legislation to put some regulations on this action:

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Rep.Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) have pre-filed a bill to restore a public process to state pesticide spraying programs and add protections for fish habitat and drinking water. The bill is the result of grassroots efforts in Southeast Alaska where at least eight municipalities, including Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, and Haines, along with three tribes and the Prince of Wales Community Advisory Council, have passed resolutions or written letters asking for restoration of a public process or opposing pesticide use altogether.

This effort was mobilized in opposition to major revisions made in March 2013 to regulations governing pesticide spraying by state agencies, including the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The new regulations eliminated opportunities for public comment and allowed spraying to take place following nothing but DEC approval of a statewide general permit and notice in a local newspaper. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Kreiss-Tomkins and Ortiz, would restore many of the public protections removed by the 2013 regulatory change.

“The people and economy of Southeast Alaska revolve around our watersheds,” said Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins. “We believe the public deserves protections and a public process before pesticides are sprayed along public highways and in watersheds, and that’s why we’re introducing this legislation.”

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