Petition Closed

The PIER process would provide an inappropriate "one size fits all" approach to species control that fails to prioritize the LEAST toxic methods, including harmful pesticides, and does not evaluate the risk of such approaches to vulnerable populations, such as children. It also could limit public feedback and information regarding pesticide use, especially on a case by case basis.
For all these reasons, a coalition of environmental and health advocates are calling for a revised approach to pest control that would not only be less toxic, but less costly for the state.

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Letter to
Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross
As a concerned citizen, I am writing to ask that you take immediate steps to curtail the newly proposed Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) process for future invasive species eradication and control in California. I believe this approach fails to prioritize non-toxic and least-harmful pesticide and other control methods and is inappropriate for addressing the environmental and health concerns of the state of California and all those who depend on the agriculture produced there.

Instead, I request that you consider the critical steps contained in the letter provided by Earth Justice to your department, which outline a process that allow for far more public input and protects the health of the people and the planet.

I look forward to your swift action on this pressing issue.

Sincerely

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Stop

The PIER process would provide an inappropriate "one size fits all" approach to species control that fails to prioritize the LEAST toxic methods, including harmful pesticides, and does not evaluate the risk of such approaches to vulnerable populations, such as children. It also could limit public feedback and information regarding pesticide use, especially on a case by case basis.
For all these reasons, a coalition of environmental and health advocates are calling for a revised approach to pest control that would not only be less toxic, but less costly for the state.
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Sincerely,