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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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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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Join 75 Concerned Reno Citizens at City Hall Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Join over 75 concerned Reno Citizens next Wednesday at Reno City Hall for Public Comment. See details below.

reno landscapingWe must stop this blatant use of cancer causing pesticides by the city, county and state. Help show your support for a local women who was sprayed in the face by a city employee who incorrectly applied toxic chemicals near her back yard. Read more on the pesticide trespass incident here on This Is Reno website. We have the tools and resources to manage land without toxic pesticides. Lets show Reno how much we care about our community. Please show up, email the council and mayor and /or use the public comment form below. 

Your voice matters, you and your family matter!

Plan on being at City Hall by 9:30 am to sign up for Public Comment. If your too shy, or cant make it that day, you can fill out the comment form and the council will read it for you.

View online form for public comment here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eEpdAHtoOaTWCwikmiKygeqXiliROS_-UdYzzhgZm3o/viewform?c=0&w=1

Reno City Council meeting date/location:

Date: 06/08/2016 10:00 AM  (bee there 20 minutes early to get a seat and fill out comment form at front desk)
Location: Reno City Hall, Council Chambers
One East First Street
Reno, Nevada 89501

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Corey Frey – Reno Resident Sprayed in Face by City Employee spraying pesticides.

Residents near Keystone Avenue are mad about a recent incident in which the City of Reno was spraying weeds.

Cory Frey says that she was hit in the face with weed killer that the City was spraying near her backyard.

“I was sprayed with a fine mist in the face and on my body,” she said. “The symptoms I experienced after the spraying were, my eyes were stinging–subsequently, I didn’t develop natural tears for about two days in my eyes–a headache came on within about five minutes of exposure, and then (I had) some coughing and respiratory irritation. Read full article here.

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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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