Key Sacramento representatives have the opportunity to block the registration of methyl iodide in California during the next two days. They need to hear from you in order to take action. Tell them that our health and water are too important to compromise with a chemical that causes cancer, late–term miscarriages and “chronic, irreversible brain damage.”
Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails.
1) Call California Senators & Assemblymembers, using the suggested talking points to get you started. Below, you will see Senator & Assembly members' phone numbers. Make your call, then;
2) Tell a Friend with the feature below.
Talking points for your call:
I am calling to ask [Assemblymember/ Senator X] to ensure that methyl iodide is not registered for agricultural use in California. As you consider the budget of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, I urge you to ensure the Governor is unable to register toxic methyl iodide.
As a resident of California, I am extremely concerned about the health and environmental effects of this toxic chemical and believe it is the responsibility of the Senate and DPR to protect me and my family from such poisonous substances. Although I support the decision to phase out methyl bromide, I don’t think replacing one dangerous chemical with another upholds this responsibility in any way, especially when alternatives exist. From farms like Swanton Berry to strawberry giants like Driscoll, farmers know how to grow strawberries and other fruits and vegetables without toxic fumigants.
I am so concerned about methyl iodide because:
» Methyl Iodide is a known carcinogen, a thyroid disrupter, a neurotoxin and may cause miscarriages.
» It is used in laboratories to create cancer cells for scientific research.
» Methyl Iodide will contaminate our groundwater.
Call these Assemblymembers and Senators
Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny (D),
Chair - Imperial
(Southern San Diego, all Imperial County, Coachella, Chula Vista, El Centro, Calexico, Imperial Beach)
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D) Vice Chair – Van Nuys
(Van Nuys, Northridge)
Senator Mark Leno (D) – San Francisco
(San Francisco, Marin, West Sonoma)
Senator Alan Lowenthal (D) – Long Beach
(Long Beach, Bellflower, Artesia, Bellflower)
Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D) – Los Angeles
(North Hollywood, Pacoima, San Fernando, Panorama City)
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D) – East Bay
(Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Oakland, Moraga, Richmond)
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