Tell the California State Water Board not to permit large-scale toxic chemical sprays in our watersheds. They are seeking comments on the Spray Applications Permit. This action would weaken the Clean Water Act and make it much easier for the US Forest Service and the Department of Food and Agriculture to use poisonous pesticides and herbicides across California.
These toxic chemicals, including common names know as Round-up and Garland 4, are not only toxic to the environment they are also suspected carcinogens can cause chromosomal aberrations, DNA breaks, and other genetic mutations and are known to cause reproductive and developmental impairments. Many of these toxic chemicals are likely to be persistent and highly mobile in the environment and in aquatic environments and are likely to “run-off and drift.” Serious harm to wildlife such as fish, bees and butterflies is also a known to exist. The Spray Application Permit would include: 1.) larvicides containing BTK, nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) and Spinosad A and D
2.) adulticides containing acetamiprid, bifenthrin, carbaryl, esfenalerate, lamba cyhalothrin, malethion, naled, pheremone, piperonyl butoxide (PBO) and pyrethrins
3.) larvicide/adulticide products containing cyfluthrin and imidacloprid and
4.) herbicides containing aminopyralid, chlorsulfuron, clopyralid, glyphosate, imazapyr, triclopyr butoxyethyl ester and triclopyr triethylamine.
There will also be a public hearing November 2, 1010 @ 9:00 am at the Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Building Coastal Hearing Room, 1001 I. St., 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814