The Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act (PACTPA) is the most robust pesticide legislation proposed since the inception of the EPA. It was designed to target the most egregious problems with pesticide regulation in the United States. Each section of PACTPA addresses a specific loophole or class of pesticide that has proven especially dangerous to human and environmental health.
Briefly, the legislation would:
PACTPA is not only the most robust pesticide reform proposed in FIFRA's history, but a bill that is greater than the sum of its parts. Each section provides important change, but together they tackle the systemic problem of pesticide regulation. For decades, pesticide law has favored the pesticide industry. Under PACTPA, the balance would shift to prioritize the health and safety of people and the environment over industry profits.
This reform is extremely necessary—under the current system, people and ecosystems are dying from pesticide exposure. We cannot remain in the status quo. We need pesticide reform in order to protect ourselves, pollinators, and the environment. We support PACTPA as the best way to implement those protections, but this groundbreaking legislation needs co-sponsors to help it be made into law!