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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 16, 2018 11:57 AM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Directing the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to conduct a study on pesticide exposure and poisoning, testing and reporting and issue a report
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to conduct a study on pesticide exposure and poisoning, testing and reporting and issue a report.

Pesticides are widely used to control pests such as insects, rodents, weeds, mold, fungi and bacteria. While their intended role is to protect us and the things we enjoy, especially food, from such pests, legitimate concern has been growing that exposure to pesticide chemicals can be linked to certain acute and chronic human health problems. With eighty percent of the registered pesticide products used by the agricultural business, just about every person is exposed to them.

My resolution stems from the recommendation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Plan that every state conduct surveillance for acute pesticide-related illness and injury to identify pesticide problems, estimate the magnitude of pesticide poisoning and evaluate intervention and prevention efforts. Once the resolution is adopted, the JSGC has 18 months to conduct their study and issue a report of its findings and recommendations to best address this issue in an effort to better address the health of and protect Pennsylvanians.

If you believe as I do that we need to take our health into our own hands and act, please join me by co-sponsoring this resolution. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.

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Introduced as HR759