sells out the people again with his pick of Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA.
form the Golden Gate Bridge Walk May 31, 2008
untouched picture of the red tide just after the November 2007 aerial spray when
moth spray entered the bay waters of Santa Cruz Ca.
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release 1 Million per sq Mile
of release zones
released Friday by the Department of Pesticide Regulation suggest that exposure
to a high dose of airborne CheckMate microcapsule particles could cause eye,
skin or respiratory irritation. "..."Monterey County Agricultural
Commissioner Eric Lauritzen fined Dynamic
Aviation $690 for spraying areas that should not have been sprayed."
Lopez Herald Staff Writer 11/17/2007
Kawamura- CDFA, Nancy Lungren CDFA
absolves CheckMate of spray illness Study absolves CheckMate of spray illness.
exposure unlikely to be harmful, report finds
Launched: 11/17/2007 01:28:30 AM PST
reported by Peninsula residents after September's spraying to combat the light
brown apple moth likely weren't caused by CheckMate products, according to the
findings of a study released Friday.
A review of the toxicity
of the CheckMate products by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation, the
California Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Health
was prompted by complaints of illness by residents after the spraying Sept. 9
to Sept. 12.
Coughs, sore throats, runny noses, congestion, headaches,
shortness of breath, muscle aches, diarrhea, fatigue and itchy eyes, noses and
throats were reported by about 120 people.
The study did not examine
each case individually.
Findings released Friday by the Department
of Pesticide Regulation suggest that exposure to a high dose of airborne CheckMate
microcapsule particles could cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation.
the report said that the application of the product over Monterey County was extremely
low, and it is unlikely the low levels could result in health problems.
application of pheromones that took place was done at rates that fell below the
proposed rate of 20 grams of active ingredient per acre, the report states.
reported symptoms are consistent with inhalation of a nonspecific irritant material,
but because they are also consistent with other possible causes, it is not possible
to confirm the symptoms are or are not due to the application of
the report states.
The study states that the microcapsule
particles are very large by inhalation standards, 25 micrometers in diameter or
larger, and unable to reach the deep lung.
Among the recommendations
the report makes to the state Department of Food and Agriculture, which is heading
up the eradication effort, is to consider conducting air sampling to investigate
the contribution of the aerially released microcapsule particles to the atmosphere.
On Friday, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen
fined Dynamic Aviation $690 for spraying areas that should not have been sprayed.
Pilots for Dynamic Aviation, the company contracted by the state
to perform the spraying, were found to have sprayed pheromones outside the work
zone four times during the operation over the Peninsula in October.
violations occurred Oct. 24 for 47 seconds and Oct. 25 for 19 seconds, when the
pilot failed to shut off the spray equipment when the airplane reached the eastern
edge of the spray zone, in the area of Monterey Ranch Road and Canada Vista Way
south of Monterey-Salinas Highway.
On Oct. 26, for a 12-second
period, a pilot failed to shut off the spray equipment when he reached the northern
boundary of the application zone north of Marina.
a different airplane experienced a malfunction with its navigation system and
allowed spray to be applied for three seconds in the same area north of Marina.
"While it is clear that these incidents did not present a threat
to public health or the environment, I want to emphasize that pesticide law applies
to everyone and compliance with the law is essential," Lauritzen said about issuing
State agricultural officials discovered the errors when
they conducted an internal audit of spraying operations.
incidents in September discovered through the audit remain under investigation,
Daniel Lopez can be reached at
646-4494 or email@example.com