Center for Biological Diversity

Urgent Action: Reject the Senate’s Pesticide Rider

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A new bill, H.R. 872, would allow unregulated pesticide applications and has already passed in the right-wing-dominated House of Representatives. Today their counterparts in the Senate are making a last-minute attempt to attach this poisonous legislation to the farm bill, hoping it will slip through unnoticed.

You can help turn back this toxic tide.

Many pesticides are linked to higher cancer rates and other serious health risks in people. Fish and amphibian populations have been devastated by these toxins, which can be the last straw for endangered species already in crisis.

Please take five minutes to call your senators and tell them to protect our waterways and wildlife from unregulated pesticide pollution.

Your personal phone call today will make a big impact. We've provided some talking points for your call. Click here to find the numbers for your senators, and, after you've called, let us know you were able to get through by clicking here.

Please, take a few minutes today to speak out for clean water and a healthy environment; or, if for some reason that is not possible, you can also contact your senators by filling out the form below.

Sample Call:

Hello, my name is _________, and I'm from [City].

I'm calling to ask Senator ______________ to defend the Clean Water Act and its protections for our waterways from any bill that would limit or bypass it, like H.R. 872. I support the EPA's safeguards against pesticides through the "pesticide general permit" process. This protects our environment and public health fairly and effectively.

I strongly urge Senator _______________ to reject any measure that weakens the Clean Water Act. H.R. 872, and any companion bill in the Senate, is a hazard to all life in the United States. This controversial legislation should not be added to the unrelated farm bill.

[Please feel free to let the senator know how you are personally affected by pesticides in our waters.]

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Photo of Tehachapi slender salamander (c) Gary Nafis, www.californiaherps.com.

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