Nightmare in Oak Harbor's PUD
Land War Turns Chemical
Homegrown Violence and Terrorism
The spraying of dangerous pesticides near or directly on my property has been an ongoing nightmare since approval of the PUD by the Parish. By removing the buffer zones separating my property from the golf course (large bodies of water), the land develper often sprays chemicals directly next to my property. Keep in mind that my property is on a private water well completely surrounded by the golf course and that the land developer/drainage district (the entities wear the same hat) is intentionally draining its toxic runoff in a horseshoe effect around my property.
Is "an oasis of burbling creeks, swaying trees, and rolling seas of shimmering green" an appropriate description of a golf course? Or would "a toxic waste dump, a destroyer of wetlands, and a misuse of farmland and water" be more correct? What does pesticide use on golf courses mean for golfers, nearby residents, wildlife, and the environment in general? http://www.pesticide.org/golfcourses.pdf
During the past two years of 2001 and 2002, Mosquito Abatement District No. 2 often flew its plane 3 or 4 times each trip out directly over the length of my property. But as a disabled victim of severe pesticide poisoning, I do not need more "overkill". Each summer during spraying season, another dog died in my kennel while I struggled merely to survive another chemical attack.
Louisiana's current notification program is a voluntary registry. The registry's purpose is to enable hypersensitive individuals to receive prior notification of pesticide applications in the vicinity of their home. With prior notification, individuals can take necessary precautions to protect themselves from inadvertent pesticide exposure. There is no charge for inclusion on the registry although a physician must certify that the registrant is hypersensitive to pesticides.
My physician placed me name on the registry in 1997. However, advanced notification of a pesticide application is considered by LDAF as a "courtesy" from the applicator.
State Registry and Neighbor Notification Laws
St. Tammany Parish Needs Response Plan
New York State's West Nile Virus Response Plan
"The approach to combating the WNV is to use a tiered approach, starting with education, mosquito habitat reduction, larvicides, and adulticides in that order. There are limited opportunities for human exposure to larvicides. If adulticides are used, either by land or aerial application, people may be exposed to them. Pesticide exposure carries some inherent risk to people."
Pesticides are poisons and/or weapons of chemical warfare. There is no way to control their use, or misuse, because the toxins drift into the air, seep into our groundwater, runoff into our waterways, and contaminate every inch of our environment. The average person is not capable of proving the harm done by pesticides, which might take more than 10 years to show its ugly face.
Biological and Chemical Warfare Are Here Now
Neighbors - Unwilling Victims of Pesticide Misuse
Chemical Warfare or Pesticides - What's the Difference?
St. Tammany Parish in Violation of ADA Federal Law
Are parish and city governments in compliance with federal law?
As local government officials and committee members spend hours of study, time and money preparing guidelines for the New Directions 2025 assessment program and handing out grant monies for the arts, watershed studies and community action programs, they have been in violation of federal law for the past eight years.
Neither St. Tammany Parish or Mosquito Abatement District No. 2 gives the public any warning or notification for taking precautionary measures to avoid pesticide exposure. Some individuals, such as myself, might prefer to leave the area during spraying......that is provided the parish doesn't entrap the individual by taking away their driver's license and/or vehicle for undisclosed medical reasons pertaining to chemical poisoning.
Taking away the vehicle of a disabled person with an "invisible" disability is equivalent to taking away the wheelchair of a disabled person with a "visible" one.
Naled is being used for aerial spraying and Scourge for ground spraying in St. Tammany Parish.
What You Need To Know About NALED
Scourge and Mosquito Control Information Sheet
Parish President Kevin Davis,
who do we call when the neighbor having standing water is St. Tammany Parish?
West Nile task force is formed - 8/14/02
Many residents educated about the cause and spread of the virus are alerting officials to violations in their neighborhood, said Chuck Palmisano, Director of Mosquito Abatement District No. 2. "It's not a lot, but we are getting calls from people telling on their neighbors for having standing water," he said.
It has become fashionable to claim that modern synthetic chemicals pose little or no harm to humans.To Understand Whether Chemicals Are Dangerous, Ask What Chemists Die Of
Do we want to start asking, where did pesticide corporations get the right to spread their dangerous products into the soil, water, and air that we all depend upon? Science, Precaution and Pesticides
My letters on Fight The Bite campaign
Wayne Fisher, Pilot - Mosquito Abatement District 2
Parish President Kevin Davis
Office of Public Health - Slidell, Louisiana
~Email received from Chuck Palmisano, Mosquito Abatement District 2, 9/17/02~
Parish President Kevin Davis,
when do you think it's time to use common sense?
Joint Statement on Mosquito Control by EPA & CDC
"Being aware of pesticide application times is also important for individuals so they may decide on precautions they may need to take." (Find under "Education")
EPA: Pesticides - PESP: American Mosquito Control Association's Background Document
"Adulticiding, the application of chemicals to kill adult mosquitoes by ground or aerial applications, is usually the least efficient mosquito control technique and frequently is the last resort to mosquito control undertaken by programs around the country."
(Find under Adulticiding)
EPA: Pesticides and Mosquito Control
"Although mosquito control pesticides pose low risks, some people may prefer to avoid or further minimize exposure. Some common sense steps to help reduce possible exposure to pesticides include:
Pay attention to the local media for announcements about spraying and remain indoors during applications in the immediate area.
People who suffer from chemical sensitivities or feel spraying may aggravate a preexisting health condition, may consult their physician or local health department and take special measures to avoid exposure.
Close windows and turn off window-unit air conditioners when spraying is taking place in the immediate area.
Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when they are in use."
(Find under Should I Take Steps to Reduce Exposure to Pesticides During Mosquito Control Spraying?)
Vermont Senator Wants Study of Terror Link to West Nile Virus
"There are some people, credibly, who feel that it is a test of our defenses and is a biological weapon or somebody doing this for commercial purposes."
Vermont's U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
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