Connecticut State Legislature Bans Residential Mosquito Misters

Beyond Pesticides, May 23, 2018

Earlier this month, the Connecticut state legislature voted to ban the use of residential pesticide misting systems. (These are devices that are typically placed outdoors and spray insecticides –mostly in an attempt to control mosquitoes.) This is the latest move from a state legislature that has also recently banned the use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids and stopped the use of hazardous lawn care pesticides on public playgrounds. The vote was unanimous in the state Senate, and won by a count of 132-17 in the state House. The bill is set to become law on May 24, unless Governor Malloy vetoes the legislation, which is not expected.

Pesticide misters are machines primarily used to spray mosquito adulticides. Many health advocates have expressed concern that these products, able to spray toxic pesticides on a timer at regular intervals, pose a significant risk to pets and children who can be directly in the path of a mister’s spray. The chemicals employed in these machines are often synthetic pyrethroids, which have been linked to a range of human health effects, from early puberty in boys, to behavioral disorders, learning problems, ADHD, and certain cancers. Neighbors who do not want to be exposed to these chemicals are also put at risk from pesticide drift….

keep reading and see links at Beyond Pesticides


Voice your opinions with the Chester County Planning Commission

Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 5/4/18

Help Us Preserve the Bishop Tube Site as Open Space in Chester County

The Bishop Tube site has been highly contaminated for over 50 years. Trichloroethylene and heavy metals saturate the site and are contributing concerning contamination to Little Valley Creek, an exceptional value stream. The communities surrounding and downstream of this site are fighting for its full cleanup and preservation as natural open space. Please help support their battle by urging Chester County to add Bishop Tube as a priority in their open space preservation program.

Among the Chester County Planning Commission’s 2018 draft goals are to preserve open space and natural features to realize ecological and quality of life benefits, and to protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure an environment that supports healthy communities.

The natural resources at the Bishop Tube site – woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek (an exceptional value stream) should be protected as part of this program.

Provide written comments to the Chester County Planning Commission on their draft plan for future development and land preservation…

read more at Delaware Riverkeeper Network

DSM volunteers at work for food and the environment

It’s no surprise that Don’t Spray Me! volunteers are active in other community activities. For four years, Ashlie Delshad, DSM Block Captain and Associate Professor of Political Science at West Chester University, has led student service trips to work with urban gardens in Philadelphia that grow food to combat food insecurity throughout the city. The WCU group partners with organizations including the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (their City Harvest Program), the Eastern Philadelphia Revitalization Alliance, and Philabundance.

Here is a photo from last year:

European Union bans bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Friends of the Earth, April 27, 2018

Friends of the Earth urges EPA and food retailers to follow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The European Union (EU) governments today voted to ban the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops.

The vote by the EU comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed regulatory action on most uses of neonicotinoids until 2018, despite receiving more than six million public comments urging the pesticide be banned in the U.S.

In response to the vote, Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth issued the following statement:

“The EU’s groundbreaking ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides is a huge win for pollinators, people and the planet. Given the overwhelming body of scientific evidence and overwhelming public concern, EPA as well as leading U.S. food retailers like Kroger should take immediate action and eliminate the use of these toxic pesticides.”

See wehat food retailers are or are not doing in the download Swarming the Aisles II: Rating top retailers on pesticide reduction and organic food to protect pollinators at Friends of the Earth

Analysis: 490,000 Pounds of Toxic Pesticides Sprayed on National Wildlife Refuges

Press release from Center for Biological Diversity, May, 10, 2018

WASHINGTON— America’s national wildlife refuges are being doused with hundreds of thousands of pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides every year, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Center report, No Refuge, reveals that an estimated 490,000 pounds of pesticides were dumped on commodity crops like corn, soybeans and sorghum grown in national wildlife refuges in 2016, the most recent year for which data are available. The analysis was conducted with records obtained by the Center under the Freedom of Information Act.

“These refuges are supposed to be a safe haven for wildlife, but they’re becoming a dumping ground for poisonous pesticides,” said Hannah Connor, a senior attorney at the Center who authored the analysis. “Americans assume these public lands are protected and I think most people would be appalled that so many pesticides are being used to serve private, intensive agricultural operations.” …

keep reading and download the full report at Center for Biological Diversity

House Farm Bill: A disaster favoring pesticide manufacturers

Petition from Sierra Club

Tell your representative to oppose this anti-environment House Farm Bill.

The House 2018 Farm Bill is an absolute disaster — and we need to do everything we can to stop it. It is replete with partisan, anti-environmental provisions, representing Big Ag and pesticide companies over our food supply, wildlife, ecosystem, residents, and small farmers. Congress should look after the public interest before the profits of the world’s largest chemical companies. Take action here to urge your representative to vote down this dangerous bill now!

The House version of the Farm Bill:

Cuts programs to develop farmer’s markets
Seeks to exempt pesticide manufacturers from liability for harming endangered wildlife
Weakens critical protections to keep wildlife safe from toxic pesticides
Increases costs for organic farmers and undermines ecological, sustainable farming
Proposes a new office to advocate for the use of genetically engineered organisms
Logs its way through our forests and guts water conservation programs
Makes it easier for corporate polluters to contaminate drinking water supplies
Cuts safety net programs for low-income people, exacerbating hunger and food insecurity
Attacks food sovereignty and home rule, striking state rights to set their own food and animal standards, such as pesticide bans or cage-free egg requirements
Cuts programs proven to promote soil heath and fight climate change
Continues support for big corporate Caged Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

This Farm Bill would cause so much damage, it must be altogether stopped. The public deserves safe and healthy food, water, wildlife, and forests — and the House needs to put the greater good before Big Ag’s toxic agenda. We deserve fair food and farm policies that respect our rights, our health and the need for a healthy environment to sustain our current and future generations.

Petition your representative at Sierra Club

100% Renewable Energy Advocacy Day in Harrisburg: June 12

From PennEnvironment, one of several sponsors of this joint event.

For years, fossil fuels have dominated Pennsylvania–in energy and in the Capitol. We’re going to change that.

On June 12th, hundreds of Pennsylvanians will descend on the Capitol to advocate for historic, bipartisan legislation that transitions PA to 100% renewable energy.

Will you join us for our 100% Renewable Advocacy Day?

WHAT: 100% Renewable Energy PA Lobby Day
WHEN: Tuesday, June 12th
WHERE: The Pennsylvania State Capitol, 501 N 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17120
(We’re organizing busses and carpools to make sure you can get there!)
WHO: PennEnvironment, Sierra Club, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, 350 Philly & Pittsburgh, and more.

RSVP here.

We need everyone with us to be in Harrisburg demanding 100% renewable energy on June 12th. We need you with us.

We’ll provide training, brief you on the legislation, help schedule meetings, and assist with transportation. Click here to learn more about the agenda for the day, available buses, and more.

Leading this charge for 100% clean power will put us at the forefront of a new global energy tomorrow — and help to ensure a safe and healthy climate for future generations.

If you can’t join us but still want to share your voice on this important issue, make sure you sign this petition, tell your elected officials to support HB2132 and SB1140, and spread the word about this exciting day!

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Mass Roundup spraying along West Chester Railroad tracks

This was posted in Nextdoor 5/7/18:

Spraying by West Chester RR

If you live along the WCRR ! On 4/23/18 at 9:30 AM an Ehrlich Pest Control truck was driving on the WCRR tracks from West Chester to Glen Mills spraying the ‘herbicide’ Round UP!!! This cloud of poison drifted out away from the tracks about 50 feet settling on anything within this range, including my dogs which I quickly brought inside. If you read about Round Up in the news, then you should be concerned about its effects on the environment. Please contact the WCRR and your local officials and voice your concern over its use in this manner. I had called the WCRR and asked what they were spraying, a representative left me a message stating that they were using Round Up to kill weeds along the tracks.

Bob Fox, Green Brier