Hawaii Bans Chlorpyrifos Pesticides By 2023, First State To Do So

On June 13, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed Senate Bill 3095, making the state the first in the U.S. to ban pesticides with chlorpyrifos. ( Office of Governor Ige )

On June 13, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed Senate Bill 3095, making the state the first in the U.S. to ban pesticides with chlorpyrifos.

The bill includes:

  • Starting Jan. 1, 2019, anyone seeking to use pesticides with chlorpyrifos must request a temporary permit from the state department of agriculture.
  • A complete ban of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos starting Jan. 1, 2023
  • Starting Jan. 1, 2019, anyone seeking to use restricted use pesticides (RUP) are subject to a requirement to report their use of the RUP to the state department of agriculture.
  • Starting Jan. 1, 2019, restructured use pesticides cannot be applied within a 100’ buffer zone around all schools during normal school hours.

Before the governor signed the bill, state senator Mike Gabbard provided comments including thanking “community activists” for their role in getting this legislation through the state legislature and to the governor’s desk. He also said, “other states will follow our example.”

The bill also provides for the state department of agriculture to develop a pesticide drift monitoring study and two full-time positions in outreach and education at the University of Hawaii to work with farmers in light of these changes.

Here’s video of the bill signing ceremony:


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Submitted by jmcv02 on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:40

I hope more states won't follow your stupidity, Hawaii agriculture already has enough hurdles to jump but adding another isn't going to help anyone but the misguided "community activists" feel like they accomplished something. This is a great example of ignoring the people doing the actual farming and listening to the armchair farmers who have no skin in the game. Keep taking away the tools in the shed and pretty soon there isn't going to be enough food to feed enough.

Submitted by Keith on Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:46

If it wasn't for those community activists keeping self-centered, self-serving, ignorant people like those managing many industries and farms in check, the world's environment and ecosystem would be so much worse and nearly uninhabitable by now and much of it not even able to grow crops!

Submitted by Jmcv02 on Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:02

Doubtful but very ignorant on your part painting everyone with such a wide brush, especially since just about every study used to justify this ban measured metabolites not the actual chemical. The metabolites aren’t harmful and the chemical degrades after 15 days exposure to sun or less, also all reputable studies couldn’t find direct links of harm either but continue ignoring science and the studies so you can feel great about yourself.

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Submitted by MMMike on Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:20

Sounds like Dow needs to get an independent child development study done pronto or they will likely lose more in sales. There is not enough information either way in this instance to come to a reasonable conclusion. Some temporary additional restrictions seem like a logical compromise. Both sides have good motives. One has child and worker safety, the other has profits. The profits will most likely rule the day for a while. If future studies show kids with developmental disorders that pendulum will swing rather quickly. Let's not start with the "how will we feed the world? sky is falling" crap. There has been a global glut on most commodities for years. If bugs start taking over, rules will be relaxed. R&D has brought some interesting new products to market just recently. A little less on executive bonuses and dividends and a little more on R&D wouldn't hurt either. It's disgraceful to still be dependent on a pesticide that was introduced over 50 years ago. Talk about resting on your laurels....