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Passed and Pending Legislation Regarding the Use of Methoprene   New York  The New York State Assembly Environmental Conservation committee met on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and unanimously approved Bill #A6336. Moving the bill forward another step in the legislative process.     5/23/17 - A06336 Committee Votes:    Committee: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION Chair: Englebright DATE:05/23/2017AYE/NAY:29/0 Action: Favorable refer to committee Codes   A06336 Summary:  BILL NO A06336  SAME AS SAME AS UNI. S04819    SPONSOR Thiele COSPNSR Rosenthal, Colton, Otis, Abinanti    Amd §33-1301, En Con L    Prohibits the use of the chemical Methoprene, trade name ALTOSID, as a pesticide.   A06336 Actions: 03/02/2017 referred to environmental conservation   A06336 Memo: NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION   submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)  BILL NUMBER: A6336   TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the use of Methoprene   PURPOSE:   This legislation would prohibit the use of Methoprene, a larvicide.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:   Section 33-1301 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 relating to make it unlawful for any person the use of any pesticide that contains the active ingredient isopropyl (2E, 4E)-11 Methoxy-3, 7, 11 Trimethyl-2 4 Dodecadienoate (Methoprene) in any storm drain, conveyance for water or fish habitat in any municipality adjoining the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean and their connecting water bodies, bays, harbors, shallows and marshes provide, however, an emergency application of such pesticide may be made as determined by the county health department in cases where there is a significant threat to public health.   JUSTIFICATION:   Methoprene (trade name Altosid) is used as a larvicide to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. Unfortunately, it has the unintended consequence of killing lobster larvae, as well as contributing to lobster shell disease. In order for New York's lobster populations to grow to acceptable, sustainable levels, we must take steps to ensure that dangerous chemicals do not enter the ocean. Methoprene contains chemicals which are negatively affecting the lobster population and should be banned in any storm drain, conveyance for water or fish habitat in any municipality adjoining the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean and their connecting water bodies, bays harbors, shallows and marshes  provided, however, an emergency application of such pesticide may be made as determined by the county health department in cases where there is a significant threat to public health.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16 S.6641/A.8715   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE:  January 1, 2018.  A06336 Text:                 STATE OF NEW YORK2017-2018 Regular Sessions March 2, 2017                      S. 4819     A. 6336    IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation   IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE, ROSENTHAL, COLTON, OTIS, ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation  AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the use of methoprene   The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:        1    Section  1.  Section  33-1301 of the environmental conservation law is       2  amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows:       3    12. For any person to use any pesticide containing the active ingredi-       4  ent isopropyl(2E, 4E)-11 Methoxy-3, 7, 11 Trimethyl-2, 4  Dodecadienoate       5  (Methoprene) in any storm drain, conveyance for water or fish habitat in       6  any municipality adjoining the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean,       7  and  their  connecting water bodies, bays, harbors, shallows and marshes       8  provided, however, an emergency application of  such  pesticide  may  be       9  made  as determined by the county health department in cases where there      10  is a significant threat to public health.      11    § 2. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2018.  Sierra Club Memorandum of Support (2016)   Connecticut Public Act 13-197; Approved June 21, 2013  An Act Restricting the Use of Methoprene and Resmethrin, HB 6438 (added to HB 6441, passed by the General Assembly and Signed as Public Act 13-197 by Gov. Malloy)  Status: Passed and Signed into Law  Feb. 20: Referred to the Environment Committee  Feb 25: Public hearing held  March 4: Reported favorably out of Environment Committee  March 5: Filed with the Legislative Commissioner’s office  March 20: Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s office and waiting to be put on House calendar   Purpose of the Bill  To restrict the use of these two insecticides in the coastal zone  Text of the Bill   Maine H.P. 1201 - An Act To Protect Maine’s Lobster Fishery; 2014  Section 1471 - Restricted Use of Methoprene & Resmetrin  This bill prohibits the use of methoprene or resmethrin, 2 chemicals used for mosquito control, in any body of water that drains into the Gulf of Maine or on land from which runoff could enter into any such waterway.

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