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NDOT

NDOT Fails To Warn Motorists 2 4 D Ahead

NDOT broke Federal Law June 30 2016 on I 80 East at around 12:40 PM Pacific Time.

Laws broken:
– Spraying when temperatures were over 85 degrees
– Failure to protect persons in area from pesticide drift
– Spraying during time of day when pollinators are most active.
– Spraying within 250 feet of a water way, The Truckee River
– Improper signage, Wet Paint.
– Not enough time for drivers to merge.
– Failure to respond to requested pesticide complaint within 24 hours
– Spraying weeds after they had seeded.
– Spraying 2 4 D Weed ONE in wind speeds above 15 MPH, the average wind speed in that area was 25 mpg.
It Is A Violation Of Federal Law To Use This Product In A Manner Inconsistent With Its Labeling.
Read entire label before using this product. Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, ·either
directly or through drift. Only protected handlers maybe in the area during application. View EPA fact sheet on how to use this chemical here : https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/071368-00003-20110429.pdf

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It’s Madness to Routinely Expose Children To Poisons Just to maintain the cosmetic appearance of your lawn!

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Why are people so in love with their weed killers, synthetic fertilizers, leaf blowers and pesticides?

Even with all the mounting evidence that weeds are growing resistant to weed killers and insects are doing the same with insecticides… we still hold onto the “dream” that these man made chemicals will make your life easier, popular, prettier, smarter or envious of your community.

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We are learning more and more of farmers, landscape managers and public works departments complaining that the weed killers are not working anymore. They have been sold a lie that has made Big Ag and the Green Revolution, rich.

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What is the Green Revolution? Sounds like some earth friendly initiative… the only word that relates to the term Green in this statement, is money made on the lives of millions of victims around the world.

The Green Revolution swept across Punjab and much of Asia in the 1960s and ’70s. In the context of the times, “green” did not refer to what it means today — organic, pesticide-free farming methods. This Green Revolution was led by a loose network of politicians, scientists and philanthropists in the U.S. and other nations, driven by a combination of humanitarian zeal and Cold War-era politics.

They were convinced that if farmers in developing countries like India switched from traditional methods to the American way of farming — with pesticides, fertilizers and high-yield seeds — they could fight hunger and prevent the region from going communist.

The Green Revolution helped India transform itself from a nation that chronically begged for food aid to one that often exports grains. But many farmers in Punjab now wonder if they’re paying a price. Listen to report here.

More and more children and adults are being poisoned by these chemicals. Why are we seeing a sharp increase in acute poisonings in the news?

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/health/pesticide-exposure-childhood-cancer/

 

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and on Fox News too: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/05/10/pesticides-military-service-may-be-tied-to-als-risk.html#

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ALS website lists pesticides as leading link to Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Children grow up playing on soccer, softball and other sports fields loaded with toxic chemicals.

One idea that researchers offer is that soldiers on active duty are engaged in strenuous physical labor. Or, they are exposed to toxins which could play a role in ALS. The Association is helping to fund an effort by the Veterans Administration to collect information about veterans diagnosed with ALS, to shed light on possible environmental factors associated with the disease. This VA registry will also serve as a stepping stone to clinical trials. Both possibilities, of toxin exposure or the influence of intense exertion, are advanced when researchers consider the finding that Italian soccer players appear to have increased incidence of ALS. It remains unclear whether exercise is indeed a risk factor and what types of exercise may be of concern. Indeed some studies seem to suggest that a degree of exertion may be beneficial in ALS. Other ideas are that pesticides or some other chemical encountered on maintained playing fields might be involved. View website here.

All of the pesticides (weed killers, insect killers, fungicides and so on)… that we are exposed to in our life time… are passed onto our children and their children. All of the damage done to our DNA from these pesticides (yes, weed killers are pesticides) … are passed onto our children and their children.

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Why play Russian Roulette with your health, your community and the environment when we have safer alternatives that work better?

We are exposed to pesticides everyday… in places you would have never dreamed of. City parks, schools, hospitals, restaurants, health department… side walks, our neighbors yard, HOA’s and suburbs with landscaping companies who treat daily with toxic mix of chemicals never tested by the EPA, USDA, Department of Agriculture or the FDA.

Most people think, “they would have put up a sign or something, maybe sectioned off the area to let it dry.” NOPE, I wish. Most times, as soon as the chemical was sprayed in an area, the city workers leave (and do not return for up to 48 hours) but fail to leave a warning behind for the children, pets and wildlife that walk and play in the area.

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These pesticides are then tracked back into cars, homes and businesses…staying in the environment for months and sometimes years.

So, every day, you are treated with a dose of a pesticide… what pesticide? Who knows…there are hundreds that are used by home owners, schools and municipalities within our city…all at different times. You will often have a multitude of these pesticides in one area…and not one warning sign for the public.

Then, you have people who contract companies like Terminex, Orkin or my personal favorite (sarcasm here) Bizzy Bees Pest control… to come into their home, work, church, school… and spray even more of these pesticides!

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NOTE using pesticides in your home to kill and keep insects away does not work!

Read 10 Things Your Exterminator Won’t Tell You here.

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Learn how to really keep insects out of your home  without TOXIC chemicals here.

You would think, that the FDA would test these pesticides and make sure they are safe to use…but no, they accept the testing done my the pesticide manufacturers science lab as proof that the chemical is safe to use. Sounds nuts huh?

  • There’s strong evidence that long-term exposure can affect cognitive development

I think, these people that are so devoted to chemical farming and landscape maintenance have been cognitively affected by the very chemicals they use every day.

I ask, on behalf of every parent that has lost their child to cancer, STOP and THINK… use organic landscaping methods and STOP the use of synthetic fertilizers, pre emergent weed killers, insecticides, weed killers of all kinds and chemicals to temporarily kill something you think is a pest.

You may temporarily KILL a weed or insect…but, as science has proven, the pest will only keep coming back, stronger and stronger. Remember, these weeds and insects have a few billion years experience living and thriving on this planet… us humans, with about 150,000 years experience, we however will not come back. Oh, there is scientific evidence of this too. Click here.

 

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Label GMO Nevada and local citizens take on Big Ag in Reno!

 

MYTH BUSTERS & FACTS @ Reno City Hall June 8th 2016. Just Label it already! City asked to support a motion to label genetically engineered foods in the state of Nevada. Help support Label GMO Nevada.

Outrageous myths shared by Nevada Department of Agriculture, Future Farmers of America, Dairy Farmers Board Rep and Big Box Chain Store rep:

  1. GMO’s are tested by scientists, over 3000 studies. (truth, over 3k Monsanto scientists have studied their own product and submitted to our FDA who approved without question)
  2. It is too expensive for us to re label our food products as genetically engineered and would drive up the cost of foods for poor citizens. (fact, the FDA just released last month, May 2016 that all food labels are required to re-lable all food products to bold the sugar and calorie numbers on the food panel. Every food producer in the country already has to re-lable their products or have HUGE fines from the government)
  3. GMO’s allow farmers to grow more food to feed the poorest countries in the world. (fact: GMO’s are used for ethanol and processed junk foods and are not nutritious)
  4. Future Farmers of America past president said “You should trust the hands that feed you.” (all i have to say is, children of the corn is a scary movie geeeez) see below.

Please do your part. Call our city representation and ask them to do the right thing and require labeling of GMO’s in our home state.

Mayor and Council:

Hillary Schieve <schieveh@reno.gov>

Neoma Jardon <jardonn@reno.gov>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <duerrn@reno.gov> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <bobziend@reno.gov> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <brekhusj@reno.gov>

Oscar Delgado <delgadoo@reno.gov>

Paul McKenzie <mckenziep@reno.gov>

City Liasions:

“You cant call GMO’s natural. Injecting the DNA from a crab into the corn plant is NOT natural evolution.” Sandy Rowley
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Ask the City to protect open spaces with policy!

Thank you to everyone that showed up to show your support for healthy parks and open spaces at Reno City Public Comment yesterday.

I especially want to thank the couple that made time out of their busy day to share the painful story of the loss of there young son to a form of cancer linked to the use of pesticides/weed killers. This couple has lived in the keystone area community for over 30 years. They have worked hard to build a strong community and get to know everyone that lives there. After their young son got sick with cancer, they started noticing their neighbors were sick as well. This motivated them to keep track of as many neighbors as possible. They learned that clusters of families had sick children and parents as well.  This couple has spent years walking to each home in this large community and getting to know their neighbors. The have a long list of people in this community who are either struggling with cancer and other serious health problems or have lost a loved one. I know it was hard to get up and speak in front of so many people, but your community loves you for your courage and determination.

Our mayor, Hillary Schieve was livid after hearing about the constant pesticide trespass that happens in our city every day and vowed to find a way to stop it. We are meeting in a few weeks to discuss policy to solidify these words.

Also at the public comment were the very people responsible for promoting and training our city employees on how to “safely” use these toxic substances. Big Ag made a huge display at the city council meeting, bringing in the big retail giants, public works crew members, Future “farmers” of America, a local gmo dairy producer, a teacher from the UNR Agro department, a local dietitian, as well as the Nevada Department of Agriculture bringing in 5 of their very best.

Each made a plea for the safety and wonderful uses for these chemicals. The UNR teacher professed his devotion to big ag, speaking about the thousands of studies showing the safety and benefits of using pesticides. He failed to mention, those 3000+ studies were done by the very chemical companies that produce and make BILLIONS of dollars from cities, counties and other municipalities that purchase synthetic fertilizers and pesticides from them each year. View some highlights from their evangelists for chemical industry here.

Our very own Public Works director shocked us all with his comments (see video above). He stated that “We (city of Reno public works) do not use pesticides. How could the director of public works not know that his own employees spray with toxic herbicides everyday?

Sandy Rowley, founder of BeeHabitat.com, summed up all the points made by the chemical industry and corrected the inconsistencies they shared with validated facts easily found online at the CDC, USDA, FDA and World Health Organization websites.

Cory Frey, local citizen who was sprayed in the face accidentally by a city employee, and Lisa Hill, a local member of the community, made awesome points that really made the council sit up and take notice. So much so that they all agreed to help the community keep their open spaces organically managed without toxic pesticides.

City council really listened to our comments and offered real world solutions, even asking Jana Vanderhaar if she would volunteer her time to train city public works employees on best practices in managing land without toxic chemicals. Jana has over 20 years experience in organic land care.

Our mayor and city council were very supportive of our requests and agreed to meet with us next week to discuss implementing policy to protect open space and park areas within Reno from future pesticide miss use.

Please call your city council and thank them for caring about the health of their community.

Mayor and Council:

Hillary Schieve <schieveh@reno.gov>

Neoma Jardon <jardonn@reno.gov>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <duerrn@reno.gov> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <bobziend@reno.gov> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <brekhusj@reno.gov>

Oscar Delgado <delgadoo@reno.gov>

Paul McKenzie <mckenziep@reno.gov>

City Liasions:

Learn more how other cities in the USA and around the world are switching to organic land management here.
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This Wednesday @ Reno City Hall!

From Lisa Hill – Reno, Nv

Please consider submitting comments about the recent use of 2,4-D in the West Wash Dam area near Keystone Ave. for the Wednesday June 8 Reno City Council meeting.
You may submit comments by:
  • using an electronic public comment form by clicking this link.
  • writing to the contacts below, or
  • attending the meeting which starts at 10 am.  Public comment starts shortly thereafter.  Fill out a public comment card and give to the proctor.

Pesticide reno nv 2016The herbicide, associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a blood cancer) and sarcoma (a soft-tissue cancer), was distributed via blower specifically NOT recommended by state ag officials near private residences due to drift.  One of our neighbors experienced illness after being spraying in her back yard.  For some reason, spray was distributed late in the weed cycle with questionable benefit.

Mayor and Council:
 

Hillary Schieve <schieveh@reno.gov>

Neoma Jardon <jardonn@reno.gov>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <duerrn@reno.gov> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <bobziend@reno.gov> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <brekhusj@reno.gov>

Oscar Delgado <delgadoo@reno.gov>

Paul McKenzie <mckenziep@reno.gov>

City Liasions:

Meeting Details:

June 8 Reno City Council meeting: 
June 14 Ward 5 NAB meeting:
  • The Ward 5 NAB meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers, located on the 1st floor of Reno City Hall, One East 1st Street.
  • Public comment is held at the beginning of the meeting.  If you would like to speak, fill out a form and give it to the proctor.  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Keep in mind that speaking publicly is impactful.  Our council person Neoma Jardon usually attends this meeting.  It is smaller than a city council meeting and you will get more attention at this meeting.
Parking is available on the top floors of the Cal Neva lot, metered street parking, or downtown parking lot.

Thanks for your consideration.

Lisa Hill

 
Information about 2,4-D (or do your own research):
Source:  The Natural Resources Defense Council

2,4-D: The Most Dangerous Pesticide You’ve Never Heard Of

This toxic herbicide comes with known health risks, but it’s still being used on crops, in parks, and maybe even in your own backyard.

March 15, 2016

  • Danielle Sedbrook

One of the cheapest and most common weed killers in the country has a name you’ve probably never heard: 2,4-D. Developed by Dow Chemical in the 1940s, this herbicide helped usher in the clean, green, pristine lawns of postwar America, ridding backyards everywhere of aesthetic undesirables like dandelion and white clover. But 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, as it’s known to chemists, has a less wholesome side. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that the chemical poses a danger to both human health and the environment.

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The pesticide, which allows not just grasses but also fruits and vegetables to flourish, can attack both the roots and leaves of weeds by making the unwanted plant’s cells grow out of control—sort of like inducing cancer in the plant to kill it or drastically slow its spread. It’s used widely in agriculture in soybean, corn, sugarcane, and wheat fields, and it turns up in most “weed and feed” products as well as in many lawn treatments. The problem is, the herbicide that was once considered clean and green may no longer be safe by today’s standards.

The evidence is slowly mounting—but not yet conclusive. It’s not always easy to determine whether a particular substance is causing harm or just happens to be present when some other agent is to blame. Public health experts can’t always draw a firm conclusion from studies whose methodologies are lacking in scientific rigor. Take the link between chronic exposure to 2,4-D and cancer: “The evidence isn’t clear enough to draw conclusions with confidence, but it is better to take precautions to prevent possible cancers than to wait for more evidence,” says Jennifer Sass, an NRDC senior scientist.

Researchers have observed apparent links between exposure to 2,4-D and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a blood cancer) and sarcoma (a soft-tissue cancer). But both of these can be caused by a number of chemicals, including dioxin, which was frequently mixed into formulations of 2,4-D until the mid-1990s. Nevertheless, in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared 2,4-D a possible human carcinogen, based on evidence that it damages human cells and, in a number of studies, caused cancer in laboratory animals.

More conclusive is the proof that 2,4-D falls into a class of compounds called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, compounds that mimic or inhibit the body’s hormones. Laboratory studies suggest that 2,4-D can impede the normal action of estrogen, androgen, and most conclusively, thyroid hormones. Dozens of epidemiological, animal, and laboratory studies have shown a link between 2,4-D and thyroid disorders. “That’s really important when we’re thinking about development,” says Kristi Pullen, a staff scientist in NRDC’sHealth program. “Our thyroid works to ensure the proper timing and development of the brain.”

There are reports that 2,4-D can decrease fertility and raise the risk of birth defects. But even though fetuses, infants, and children are at highest risk of these, no studies have looked directly at the effects of 2,4-D on those groups.

Despite concerns about potential health risks, in 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the combined use of 2,4-D and the popular weed killer Roundup (also known as glyphosate, a whole other—and in many ways more worrying—story when it comes to health and the environment). Enlist Duo, as the combo is called, was already legal in several states. It is used mainly on big farms, where it is sprayed on genetically modified crops called Enlist soy and Enlist corn that have been engineered to be resistant to the poisons.

In other words, farmers can now douse their fields with high concentrations of the weed killer without worrying that it will also destroy their crops. Originally, plants genetically engineered to resist Roundup were sprayed with that herbicide alone. But when the weeds it was intended to kill also developed resistance, 2,4-D was added to make the mix more effective. As Pullen puts it, “These chemicals by themselves can be problematic, but when we start combining them with other toxic chemicals, we’re just creating a new problem in order to solve another problem.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that by 2020, the use of 2,4-D on America’s farms could rise between 100 percent and 600 percent now that it has been approved as part of Enlist Duo. According to Pullen, “When you combine increased use with the potential for increased developmental, cancer, and other health impacts, you could create a perfect storm of hazard and exposure coming together.”

Also problematic: 2,4-D sticks around in the environment. Depending on the formulation, it can drift through the air from the fields where it is sprayed or be tracked inside homes by pets or children. By the EPA’s own measure, 2,4-D has already been detected in groundwater and surface water, as well as in drinking water. Australian scientists reported in 2012 that it was found in more than 90 percent of samples taken from agricultural catchments bordering the Great Barrier Reef—bad news for many fish, for whom the herbicide can be toxic. It can also poison small mammals, including dogs who can ingest it after eating grass treated with 2,4-D.
The easiest way to avoid 2,4-D is to avoid the products that contain it. You can ask your town whether 2,4-D is used in specific parks. You can also visit the website of the National Pesticide Information Center, which has easy-to-read fact sheets on 2,4-D and most other pesticides. If you think you, your child, or your pet have been in contact with plants recently treated with 2,4-D or any other pesticide, contact a poison-control center.
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Recycle those old plant containers and help save our bees!

Help Us Grow Organic, Bee Friendly Flowers for our climate!

plant containersOver 80% of all “bee friendly” flowers and plants you buy at small and large garden shops, contain toxic chemicals that harm the health of bees and other friendly pollinators.

Help Bee Habitat create a city wide corridor of organically grown flowers, trees and plants that build the health of our sweet little bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Read bee friendly tips below and we would love your help. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120.

  1. Bee-come a Foster Parent to some beautiful organically grown bee food:
  • Verify that your plants are indeed growing without the use of embedded pesticides.
  • Help you learn how to verify your compost, soil, fertilizers, seeds and plants are indeed bee friendly.
  • Grow a beautiful Habitat Hospital, of native and zone friendly plants that will help heal our native pollinators.
  • Have your questions answered by local organic horticulturists, hobby gardeners and landscape designers who are committed to organic and healthy solutions.

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2. Bee-come a sponsor of a healthy ecosystem:

  • Donate used plant containers, pots and garden tools.
  • Share or donate used garden tools like shovels, spades, water hoses and the like.
  • Donate certified organic plants and seeds.

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View bee friendly plants for our climate in Northern Nevada here. Remember, to buy only certified organic seeds and plants to save the bees!

3. Bee-come a voice of reason:

  • Start a Bee Phone Tree by calling all of your friends and family and educate them on how most plants and seeds are already treated with long lasting bee killing pesticides. Have them call all of their friends and family and share this critically important information. When you know better, you do better.
  • Host a Bee Friendly party at your home. Educate your friends and family, share organic seeds, starts and plants. Enjoy healthy organic food and drink.
  • Plant an organic, bee friendly native habitat at a local park.
  • Start a Bee Calling effort. Call local garden shops and ask to speak with the manager. Ask them to carry more certified organic plants, seeds, soil and compost. Having certified organic products helps keep them honest.
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beyond pesticides

Pesticide Free Parks in Northern Nevada and Beyond!

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Reported by: Jaime Hayden

City of Reno beginning pesticide free pilot program

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — A pesticide free training took place at Reno City Hall Tuesday. City officials learned alternative ways to keep Reno parks green, but with more natural products.

“We just want to get out ahead of the curve, to the extent we can, and protect our citizens,” said Reno Councilwoman Naomi Duerr.

The city of Reno is implementing a pesticide free pilot program at Reno parks. “We have 86 parks in Reno and what we are doing is moving out with 12 of them on a trial basis, experimental basis, to see if we can go pesticide free.”

Instead, parks will use more natural soil. Duerr believes the program is vital to our community. “We’re learning more about the impacts of chemicals both on our soil and on people, we want our parks to be as welcoming and safe as possible, and it’s a city council initiative.”

Duerr says the main goal of the program is to make Reno parks safer and more natural for kids to play in. “I think that would be wonderful, if they can find a way to do it more naturally and keep our parks still green and playable with playable surfaces, I think that would be wonderful,” said local mom Morningstar Helvey.

Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit group, explained to officials about the dangers of using chemicals. “We’re concerned about elevated rates of asthma in children and learning disabilities, and autism and long term effects such as cancer,” said Jay Feldman.

read full article on News 4 website here: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/City-of-Reno-beginning-pesticide-free-pilot/DjzP_8LT6kStMYejN8ruOQ.cspx

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300,00 deaths per year Pesticides in USA!

“The total number of pesticide poisonings in the United States is estimated to be 300,000/year) (EPA, 1992).” -The incidence of cancer in the US ranges from 10,000 to 15,000 cases per year. If the incidence of cancer among Latino farm workers per year were applied to the rest of the US population, there would be 83,000 cases of cancer per year associated with pesticides. 3.

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/pesticides/

SOURCE: CDC government website…

Excluding cost from lost work time, hospital physician fees, and pesticide-induced cancers, the annual national cost associated with pesticide exposures was estimated as nearly $200 million USD based on data from emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and for deaths. Pesticide exposures remain a significant public health issue. Health care providers, cooperative extension agents, and pesticide manufactures can help prevent exposures by increasing education of parents and workers, encourage use of less toxic agents, and encourage the practice of integrated pest management.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/document/pimentel.pesticides.2005update.pdfhttp://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohsep/Pages/Pesticide.aspx: California-specific, but very detailed numbers.

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pesticide justice

Pelham pesticide operator gets two years in prison for illegal service at Georgia nursing homes

MACON, Georgia – A Pelham man has been sentenced to two years in prison on charges related to the misapplication of pesticides in nursing homes around Georgia.

Steven A. Murray, 54, and his company Bio-Tech Management Inc. faced sentencing in U.S. District Court in Macon on Wednesday.

Murray’s sentence also included one year of supervised release following his prison term as well as a $7,500 fine, while his company was placed on three years of probation and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, according to The Telegraph newspaper in Macon.

Murray appeared in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia for a change-of-plea hearing on March 14 concerning his 52-count indictment involving allegations pertaining to more than 100 nursing homes, according to court documents in the case.

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2014/08/pelham_pesticide_operator_gets.html

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Our Agenda for Washoe County

Meeting with local park officials Tuesday Aug 26th 2014.
Coming up next for Bee Habitat, next week, we are meeting with the City of Reno and Washoe County park officials to discuss converting all public parks to a pesticide free park plan.
When?       Aug 26th 2014 @ 1:30
Where?    Washoe County Community Services Department      @                        3101 Longley Lane, Reno Nevada
Who?       City of Reno, Washoe County Park Officials & Bee Habitat                                        Volunteers
Why?       Discuss converting all public parks to pesticide free
What are we asking from Reno and Washoe county parks department? 

We are asking for Pesticide Free Parks, Bee Habitats throughout the city and transparency in regards to what, where, who, why, when and how much does it cost (or who got paid how much) to treat with pesticides in Washoe County and City of Reno Nv. 

1. We need to know what is being sprayed, where, why, when, by who and how much? this information needs to be public and shared between each department and the public online. can easily be added to an online map where the public and local authorities can better track the life of these chemicals in our water, land and public areas.

2. We need protected areas at city and county parks that are pesticide free. marked as such. this needs to be an ordinance and/or law.

3. Notification alert system:  when a chemical is going to be used: we need to know when, why, where, who, how much? sent via email, text, phone call and/or with media outlets. 

4.  What date can we start phasing out pesticides? what park will be the first park we convert? how can this be an ordinance/law for Washoe County?

– current trees, shrubs, plants, bushes, flowers that are GMO and/or roundup ready in public areas.

– name of vendor they buy plants, chemicals, supplies from with yearly budget of department.

– how long have they used these pesticides? is their historical data online?

We must use BEE Safe plants as not all are safe.

As always, call anytime with questions.

All the best,
Sandy Rowley
BeeHabitat.com
775 453 6120
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