May 10, 2001

David W. Hood, Secretary
Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
P. O. Box 629
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629

RE: Oak Harbor Golf Course

Dear Mr. Hood:

Please find enclosed the news article "Oak Harbor shows no environmental problems from testing" from the Slidell Sentry News of May 31, 1999. This article is based on a report done by LDHH that contains false information.

On a water sample taken by LDAF on May 14, 1993, the pesticide Bromacil was detected in my water well at 315 ppb which exceeds the safe drinking limit set by EPA of 90 ppb. Yet, the residents in the nearby community on private water wells have never been advised that their water might be contaminated and no other wells were tested. The water from many of our wells is rusty and stains brown.

Several complaints have been filed since my initial complaint in March of 1992, including a complaint after the death of two dogs and the application of the highly toxic pesticide Nemacur. The last complaint was filed in 1997 after the application on two consecutive days of MSMA, an arsenic pesticide. Although LDAF took no samples, the applications would be considered an "overkill" when golf course employees replaced the greens near my home. I am presently on disability benefits from SSA with findings I have been disabled from Environmental Illnesses since September 1991. My nearest neighbor is deceased after being branded with Alzheimer's Disease, acquiring prostrate cancer and suffering from nose bleeds the size and look-a-like of chicken livers.

I don't live on the southside of the course, but on the northside near the Schneider Canal where the golf course discharges its toxic effluent. There have been several reported fish kills in the canal or other waterways in the vicinity of the golf course. I do not know the identification of the pesticides currently used on the golf course and I am unaware of any current testing done. The golf course does not provide me with copies of MSDS nor does the course give me any notification.

Please advise what action you plan to take. This is not an isolated case of neglecting to protect the health of the public by notifying citizens of contamination and potential health risks.


Nancy Hirschfeld

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