In the late 2000s, the EPA banned the use of a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos in residential neighborhoods, citing increased risk of neurological damage and birth defects. Last year, the agency also recommended banning its use in agricultural settings too, as it endangered the health of farmworkers and their families.
Scott Pruitt, however, has refused to enact the ban on chlorpyrifos – a decision applauded by Dow Chemical, who sells the pesticide. Time to get on the phones, and tell Pruitt not to put the interests of his donors over human health and safety.
(script adapted from 5calls.org)
Who: Scott Pruitt, EPA Director
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Name] from Metairie, zip code 70002 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I'm calling to urge Scott Pruitt to ban the use of chlorpyrifos (klor-peer-a-foss) in farming, a recommendation made by the EPA's own scientific experts. The continued use of this pesticide endangers the health and safety of families nationwide. Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.