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California Senate Resolution Introduced to Halt Aerial Spraying of Cities With Untested Pesticides

BILL NUMBER: SCR 87 INTRODUCED

BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Senator Migden

FEBRUARY 27, 2008 Relative to the light brown apple moth.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SCR 87, as introduced, Migden.

Light brown apple moth.

This measure would request the Department of Food and Agriculture to impose a moratorium on any aerial spraying that may be a part of the department's eradication campaign of the light brown apple moth until the department can demonstrate that the pheromone compound it intends to use is both safe to humans and effective at eradicating the light brown apple moth.

Fiscal committee: no.

WHEREAS, The presence of the light brown apple moth (LBAM), which is originally from Australia, has been confirmed in 12 counties, which include Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano, since its discovery in California by the Department of Food and Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture in March 2007; and

WHEREAS, The introduction of the LBAM represents a danger to California's natural environment and agricultural industry; and

WHEREAS, The United States Department of Agriculture is testing the efficacy of the aerial spraying of pheromones, a substance that disrupts the mating of the LBAM, conducted in New Zealand to eradicate the LBAM, but these tests have not been completed and the efficacy results of the tests are not known; and

WHEREAS, More than 16,000 LBAMs were found in the bay area and most of these moths were found in the epicenter, which is Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties; and

WHEREAS, According to the Department of Food and Agriculture, aerial spraying for the LBAM is needed in 10 bay area counties and the department is developing a new formula to use to eradicate the LBAM, which was not the one used in the Monterey and Santa Cruz areas in 2007, but the department has not disclosed all of the ingredients; and

WHEREAS, Over 600 health complaints were tallied after aerial spraying for the LBAM in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties last year, raising serious questions about the safety of the spray to humans.

During the aerial spraying, the planes doused cities, suburbs, and rural areas with a pheromone called CheckMate, which regulators initially said carried a harmful ingredient, and then said it did not.

Moreover, the health effects in the bay area cannot be predicted because the population includes sensitive groups, including children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic disease;

now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Department of Food and Agriculture is requested to impose a moratorium on any aerial spraying that may be apart of the department's eradication campaign of the light brown apple moth until the department can demonstrate that the pheromone compound it intends to use is both safe to humans and effective at eradicating the light brown apple moth;

and be it further Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Department of Food and Agriculture and the author for appropriate distribution.  

 

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