Rodenticides

CFNews April/May 2024

The rodenticide bill as currently drafted is missing the core provision needed to prevent the widespread use of this poison by pest control companies. HB 5217 MUST PROHIBIT THE USE—NOT JUST RESTRICT THE SALE—OF THESE TOXIC CHEMICALS to effectively protect wildlife and pets from consuming these poisons.

First- and second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide poisons work by preventing blood from clotting. The victims die slowly from internal bleeding with a few days. These second-generation anticoagulants were created to be more toxic and last longer in a victim’s body. The only known antidote may work if it is administered immediately, but most wildlife hide any illness until it is too late.

Wildlife rehabilitators, biologists, and state residents are seeing Connecticut’s birds of prey dying from rodenticide poisoning at an alarming rate. Rodenticide is the cause of death for the majority of these birds who are brought to rehabilitators, indicating that there is a much larger problem in the wild than people are aware of.

Rodenticides are commonly located in dark gray bait boxes next to buildings, in parks, and anywhere that people want to eliminate rodents. These rodenticides pose a greater threat to non-target wildlife, pets and other animals that prey upon these rodents. There are other safe and effective alternatives to rodenticides.

We should also support HB 2023 (SB 962) which

Includes a ban on sale, use, and application of SGARS

  1. Spells out appropriate exemptions for agriculture food production sites, food warehouses, breweries, wineries, medical facilities or for infestations associated with a public health crisis
  2. Fully applies to places people eat, live, shop, and work such as grocery stores, restaurants, homes, schools, and office buildings.

The ban includes any sale or distribution through the Internet. The bill subjects violators of the ban to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation by the DEEP commissioner. Without the ban, licensed pesticide applicators will routinely continue to overuse this overkill method.

Please contact Environmental Co-Chairs Rep. Joseph Gresko and Sen. Rick Lopes with your concerns and help prevent the unnecessary poisoning of our state’s wildlife.

Gerri Giordano,

Legislation/Action Chair

More About Nips . . . .

CFNews February/March 2024

January is here and now we will be getting ten cents back for each bottle returned EXCEPT for those little NIP bottles.

State Rep. Joseph Gresko, House Chairman of the Environmental Committee will propose a bill during the upcoming legislation in February to leave it up to individual municipalities whether to ban the sale of nips bottles.

He states that every municipality has the issue with the litter from these “little NIP bottles.  The problem is, they also receive money from fees collected for these bottle that will probably be one reason that they will not go along with this legislation.

The bottles selling for $1 to $5 cannot be redeemed for a deposit because there is no place for them in the machinery where other bottles and cans can be returned.  There are also no plans to try and get a machine that will accomplish this.

Instead, legislators put a five-cent surcharge on the nip bottles and that goes back to each community.  Connecticut cities and towns have received nearly 9 million from the surcharge.

About 90 million NIPS bottles per year are sold in Connecticut.  Municipalities are required to spend the money on litter reduction, but not necessarily tied to getting rid of the NIP bottle litter.

A city such as New Haven probably won’t vote for a ban because they get about $110.00 every six months from the surcharge.

Please keep an eye out for this legislation and let’s act on it.  I will let you know when your input is needed.  Write your legislators and tell them all that what we have now is not doing anything to rid us of the NIP litter.  If you start picking them up, you will realize the extent of the numbers you will find.

The legislative process will shed light on what people think about the issue.

Respectfully submitted,

Gerri Giordano, Legislative/Action Chair

Step out of your car and I guarantee you will probably step on a NIP bottle.  They are everywhere.  They are usually found typically close to where they are purchased and tossed out the window.  No one is talking about drunk driving either and underage drinking.  These facts should also be considered.

The executive director The complaints about NIPS are not about alcohol generally but about litter and drunken driving.

Connecticut is the state with the highest number of NIPS bottles found in the Connecticut River and are the main source of trash among the states.

Legislation/Action Report

CFNews August September 2023

Just a quick list of some Environmental Bills that passed this Session, and some that didn’t:

Passed:

  • Tree removal on Properties controlled by DEEP
  • Restoration of Eel Grass
  • Harvesting of Horseshoe Crabs
  • Limiting nighttime lighting of State-owned buildings at certain times for the protection of birds
  • Managing waste and creating a waste authority
  • Authorizing the establishment of a Seabird and Shorebird Protection Program
  • Authorizing certain killing of Black bears, Prohibiting Bird Feeders and other unintentional feeding

Failed:

  • The use of certain Rodenticides
  • Use of Neonicotinoids
  • Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Zero carbon emissions
  • Intentional release of certain balloons
  • The State Plan of Conservation and Development
  • Financial Incentives for certain Streamside River buffers

Note on Pesticides: Senate Bill 963, a bill banning of neonicotinoids, and Senate bill 962, which sought to restrict the use of deadly rodenticides, were critical measures for protecting our pollinators and bird populations. The Senate co-chair of the Environmental Committee refused to raise these bills in his chamber, and both failed.

The bill on banning release of helium balloons, but only after removing the fine!  More work needs to be done on this bill. We must continue to press for NO RELEASE.

— Gerri Giordano, FGCCT Legislation Chair

Legislation/Action Report

CFNews June 2023 - July 2023

I have three issues that need your attention.  Please tell your members to notify their legislators and especially the Environmental Committee about the issues:

The Bill banning the release of balloons:  now they want to remove the fine for releasing balloons.  Please tell them we don’t want ANY balloon releases.  This is the time of the year, Graduations, Weddings, Celebrations, that people tend to release balloons.  If you know of any releases, please try to stop them.  You can also call the police because there are laws on the books to prevent them.

Artificial Lighting:  Please tell your members about Light pollution.  It is the easiest pollution to fix.  It confuses migrating birds.  This bill would require the state of Ct. to shut off the lights at all state office buildings between 11 pm and 6 am during spring and fall migrations.  You can help also by dimming or shutting off your lights at night.  Make sure lights are not pointed skyward.  This is especially critical at this time of year.

And again, those little nip bottles.  The 5-cent deposit that is being returned to the towns where the nips are purchased so they can use the money for cleanup is not working.  Please ask your legislators to make them a returnable item and get them off our streets, parking lots, parks, etc.  The current plan IS NOT working, just take a walk!!!

We have to keep up our efforts on these three issues.  Please do your part.

Respectfully submitted,

Gerri Giordano, Legislation Chair

Legislation/Action Reports

CFNews February/March 2023

In the new legislative session, 2023, there is another bill, HB5050, meant to protect birds and other wildlife creatures from a slow and panful death calling for banning the intentional release of even one lighter-than-air balloon.

The existing law limits releases to fewer that 10 per person in one day. Violators may be fined $35 plus fees that bring the total cost per violation to $75. They are talking about increasing the fines. We want them stopped.

Representative Irene Haines, co-sponsored by David Michael, has introduced a bill HB 5050 that would ban ALL releases. HB 5050 is an act Prohibiting the release of Helium balloons. That is section 26-25 of the General Statutes be amended to prohibit release of ANY lighter-than-air balloons.  This bill has been introduced many times and has failed to make it out of committee, partly because some legislators believe it is not enforceable. Businesses that sell balloons and promote balloon releases have stymied the proposal.

Let’s bombard the Environmental Committee with phone calls, emails and letters.  Let them know how we feel for the sake of our wildlife and for our Long Island Sound and waterways.  Please contact the Environmental committee or Irene Haines @: irene.haines@housegop.ct.gov and ask them to pass HB 5050.

I need your help getting this bill passed.  It only takes an email and if we all send one….well…we can only hope it will pass.

Gerri Giordano, FGCCT Legislation/Government Action Chair

Legislation/Action Reports

CFNews - December 2022/January 2023

The following list of Bills and Acts were passed into Connecticut law in October 2022.

  • PA-22-29 HB 5201: An Act concerning public health concerns in the acquisition of water companies. (16 pages)
  • PA 22-143 SB 238: An Act concerning revisions to certain Environment related statutes. (9 pages)
  • PA 22-144 SB241: An Act concerning Boating safety. (1 page)
  • PA22-83 SB116: An Act concerning notification of pesticide applications near lakes and ponds. (1 page)
  • PA22-51 HB5141: An Act concerning the protection of certain Fish species. (1 page)
  • PA22-142 SB 120: An Act concerning the use of Chlorpyrifos on golf courses.
  • SB#00120: Passed to prohibit use of chlorpyrifos on golf courses and for nonagricultural use and to restrict the use of neonicotinoids for nonagricultural use.
  • SB#00241: Boating Laws
  • SB#00004: Reduce carbon emissions
  • PA 21-58 SB 1037: An Act concerning solid waste management. (Will be effective Jan. 1, 2023) (19 pages)

Gerri Giordano, FGCCT Legislation/Government Action Chair