Action ends: July 15, 2009
Regulators have abandoned their commitment to clean the San Joaquin Valley’s air and protect public health from pesticide air pollution. Call Governor Schwarzenegger now and urge him to protect farmworker and community health by enforcing pesticide air pollution laws in the state budget!
We need greater pesticide use reduction, not less. Take Action Now!
Call or email Governor Schwarzenegger today and urge him to support the budget trailer that provides the San Joaquin Valley equal protection of a 20% reduction in pesticide VOC emissions. Call the Governor at 916-445-2841, and use the sample rap below, or email him using our online advocacy tools.
Sample Rap: “Hello, My name is [your name] and I live in [your city]. I am calling to ask the Governor to vote for the budget trailer that requires a 20% reduction in pesticide VOC emissions in the San Joaquin Valley. This is a critical measure to ensure that existing laws to protect public health are properly enforced. All Californians deserve to breathe clean air. Thank you.”
Why take action?
Hundreds of workers and rural families are drifted on EVERY year from these toxic pesticides.
In 1994 and 1996, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) promised to meet requirements to reduce emissions from smog-forming pesticides by 20% below 1990 levels in the Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, Ventura, Southeast Desert and South Coast air basins. In their final regulations though, DPR backtracked and only reduced smog-causing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from pesticides by 12% in the San Joaquin Valley instead of the 20% that they promised!