May 10, 2024
Please join us today by calling on New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu to veto House Bill (HB) 1698.
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Please join us today by calling on New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu to veto House Bill (HB) 1698. This bill would allow the aerial spraying of pesticides by drones up to 20 feet in the air without notifying the public, threatening the well-being of pollinators, wildlife, and New Hampshire residents who may cross their path. HB 1698 passed both the House and Senate as of last week, and it is on its way to the governor!

HB 1698 exempts pesticide applications using drones from notification procedures. The bill adds a new paragraph to RSA 430:34-a, stating that the notification requirements for aerial pesticide application do not apply to the aerial application of pesticides by a person with a valid certificate of registration or permit, while using unmanned aircraft for agricultural purposes at a height not exceeding 20 feet above ground level. The bill will take effect 60 days after passage.

There was an attempt to add a floor amendment in the 11th hour that would have established a notification provision if drone spraying occurred within 200 feet of an apiary site, however it failed to pass. Without this provision, there will be no notification requirements if the bill were to be passed into law in its current form.

This proposed legislation language flies in the face of what can and should be New Hampshire's comprehensive approach to ensure those at greatest risk from pesticide exposure—children, those with preexisting health conditions, essential workers, and landscapers—are fully protected. The bill's language is unacceptable, given the known harms of pesticide drift through the air, waterways, and soil.  

Beyond Pesticides opposes HB 1698-FN based on decades of experience reviewing the latest scientific analysis regarding commonly used toxic pesticides in public and private spaces. Beekeepers and organizations across the state, including New Hampshire Beekeepers' Association and NH Save Our Pollinators Coalition, have expressed sharp opposition to this bill as a health and safety issue on surrounding ecosystems that depend on pollinators.

Please urge the Governor to take action today—thank you for your help protecting public health in New Hampshire!

Click here for a 30 second action petition that will email your opposition directly to Governor Sununu:

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