Paid summer canvassing positions with our good ally PennEnvironment

From PennEnvironment, 6/3/21:

Want to spend your summer building skills that will help you launch your career in activism, working on urgent issues you care about like stopping plastic pollution and reducing bee-killing pesticides?

PennEnvironment has officially launched their door-to-door canvass office this week. They will be going door-to-door engaging with thousands of PA residents about stopping the use of bee-killing pesticides and gathering thousands of petitions urging Amazon to stop selling bee-killing neonic pesticides. It’s going to take all hands on deck, so if you’re interested fill out a lead form below for a paid summer campaign position!

Summer Campaign Job Opportunities: Full Time positions available $10-$15/ hour, Monday-Friday

Find out more and apply at www.summerjobsthatmatter.org

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and Field Manager positions across the country (including in Philadelphia) this summer. We are hiring full-time positions. As canvassing requires face-to-face interaction with the canvassing team and members of the public, getting vaccinated and following our safety protocols are essential functions of the job and are therefore required for all staff.

Find out more about the campaign to Ask Amazon to stop selling bee killing neonic pesticides

Where is PA spraying Bifenthrin in Chester County?

Bifenthrin is a pyrethroid insecticide (thus in the same family as permethrin) which kills many insects (and of course it can’t tell the difference between spotted lantern flies or mosquitoes and bees and butterflies), toxic to fish, banned for agricultural use in the European Union.

And now our own state government is spraying it around us. The Department of Agriculture’s May 28 release begins:

“As Spotted Lanternflies hatch across much of the state, PA Department of Agriculture crews have begun to spray an insecticide that kills the insects on contact along railways, interstates and other transportation rights-of-way. Contact spraying is a new element of strategic efforts to slow the spread of the invasive pest, which moves primarily by hitching a ride on vehicles traveling out of infested areas….”

Well, good luck with that. It’s intriguing to picture the spotted lantern fly hordes lining up along route 30 to hitch a ride to the central part of the state. But how will spraying at the verge of a highway affect any SLFs that have already stowed away in the underneath and under-the-hood areas of trucks?

According to state law, people on the Hypersensitivity Registry list must receive advance notification of spraying within 500 feet of the residential, school, or employment locations they indicate. It’s hard to see how the law can be complied with in spraying at the side of a road, especially when the sprayer won’t tell us where they are spraying. Suppose a hypersensitive driver pulls over to change a tire or take a break?

And we have also learned that 13 non-highway locations in Chester County will be sprayed. For whatever reason, the Department of Agriculture has not chosen to publicly mention this aspect of its spraying program and does not publicly identify these locations. But here they are, so act accordingly:

L F Lambert Spawn Co Inc. 1507 Valley Rd., Coatesville

Lampart Limited Partnership, 1021 Charles St., Coatesville

Keehn Service Real Estate Limited, 99 Eleventh Ave., Coatesville

Old Coop, 1189 Old Schuylkill Rd., East Coventry

September Farm Cheese, 5287 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

LCM-Mar Enterprises Llc, 749 Norway Rd., Kennett

Kennett Square Borough, 120 Marshall St., Kennett Square

New Garden Township, 1235 Newark Rd., New Garden

Shainline John J & Phyliss, E 800 Township Line Rd., Phoenixville

Clementine Realty, 35 Industrial Blvd., Tredyffrin

2480 LLC, 45 W Industrial Blvd., Tredyffrin

Pacer Industries Inc., 14 Laurel St., Valley

Codepeco Assoc, 1220 Wilson Dr., West Goshen

Portsmouth NH having the same problems as West Chester PA…

A New Hampshire activist named Ted Jankowski has been making the case against indiscriminate use of chemicals that can affect both people and the environment.

In an article that someone mistitled “Portsmouth should ban harmful GMOs” (Seacoastonline.com, June 16, 2016), he showed the dangers of Bifenthrin (newly relevant here, as the PA Department of Agriculture is now spreading it around Chester County in a no doubt futile attempt to control spotted lantern fly) and Roundup (which continues its swath of destruction notwithstanding numerous court judgments against its maker Bayer).

And he also showed that the City of Portsmouth was breaking NH state law about advance warning about the use of pesticides and herbicides. It’s hard not to think the same here, as the PA Department of Agriculture is not publicly disclosing where it is spraying Bifenthrin–so how can hypersensitive people (entitled to prior notice of spraying by PA state law) and others avoid exposure?

Read Ted Jankowski’s full article at Seacoastonline.com.