The State's Pesticide Control Board has written a letter in response to the draft of HB 399. The letter was written on May 16, 2017.
The letter starts off with a clear statement of opposition to the bill, which they say would, "eliminate certain pesticide use."
The letter goes on to say that the Board is a legally constituted authority that directs the activity of pesticide regulation in the State of New Hampshire and that they are dedicated to minimizing people's exposure to pesticides.
The Board explains that HB 399 is unnecessary because there already exists adequate protection for children in current regulations. The main thrust of the letter seems to be that HB 399 does not consider existing regulations and programs. The Board furthermore states that there have been no studies that reveal a need for further protection of children from pesticides.
One of the most interesting parts of the letter asserts that HB 399 might do more harm than good. It states:
House Bill 399 will not only cause significant disruption to a long-established, successful and effective program, but likely will result in unintended consequences limiting the ability of schools and recreational facilities to protect children from certain pests and maintain healthy environments for children.
Their argument appears to be that, by strongly limiting the application of pesticides, HB 399 actually may end up exposing children to harm from pests, and that this harm may be greater than the harm associated with pesticides.
The letter goes into considerably more detail. A copy of it is is available here.
Written by Thomas Webler 8/3/17
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