Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE)
with the American Crop Protection Association, is a lobbying and public
relations trade organization founded to defend "urban usage" of
pesticides. This includes pesticides used in homes and schools (on
termites, fleas, roaches, etc) landscape uses, and urban pest and
vegetation control. RISE shares ACPA’s Washington, DC offices.
RISE is dedicated to providing "a strong unified voice for the
specialty pesticide industry", promoting a positive public image and
opinion, and promoting the use of "industry products." (RISE, "What is
RISE?" and "Why should you join RISE?") RISE’s web site neglects to name
the 150 coalition members, but Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow AgroScience are
core members. (Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News, July 9,
RISE . . .
- Won an honorable mention from the American Society of Association
Executives in 1992 for manufacturing a "grassroots" coalition in
Missoula, MT, to defeat a ballot referendum that would have required
pesticide applicators to notify residents about what kinds of pesticides
were being sprayed in and near their homes. Before RISE intervened, the
proposed law had majority support. After two weeks of "education",
voters defeated the proposal 57 percent to 43 percent. ("Why should you
join RISE?" and Legal Times, December 7, 1992).
- Has provided special interest testimony to OSHA, EPA, and
congressional hearings. ("Why should you join RISE?")
- Prides itself on defending pesticides behind the scences: "Sometimes
its what you don’t see that benefits you most as a member of RISE. For
instance, legislation that never made it into law, a congressional vote
that wasn’t cast, a negative article that wasn’t published. There are
countless times when proactive measures by RISE keep onerous actions
from occurring." ("Why should you join RISE?")
- Turning the environmental message on its head, RISE claims pesticide
use in schools is necessary to protect children’s health.
- RISE opposed the School Environmental Protection Act, introduced
in October of 1999. RISE says passage of SEPA would "needlessly
prolong children’s exposure to dangerous pests." (PR Newswire, October
12, 1999) RISE claims children "are especially vulnerable to insect
bites and stings from wasps, ticks, scorpions, and fire ants."
(Advanstar Communications, "Erase the myths about pesticides in
schools," March 1, 2000)
- The General Accounting Office released a report in January 2000
that found that among the 2,300 documented cases between 1993 and 1996
where people were exposed to pesticides in schools, 329 needed medical
attention due to pesticide exposure. The report found schools do not
keep records of pesticide use or possible exposure rates. The report
also found concluded that pesticides "are harmful to all human beings,
but children are at greater risk". (Austin American-Statesmen,
January 5, 2000).
- Opposes the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) to protect corporate
interests. RISE members stand to lose a lot of money if the FQPA is
fully carried out. An RISE consultant warned in 1999 that "FPA
implementation is placing non-agricultural pesticide uses in great
jeopardy." (Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News, May 6, 1999).
- Is a member of the Implementation Working Group, and has helped
"draft model legislation" that would "improve" the FQPA for the
pesticide industry. The Implementation Working Group is a coalition of
chemical and agribusiness firms specifically designed to halt EPA's
implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act
Working Group • 1718 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 600
DC 20009 • email@example.com