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Stop EPA From Removing Protections From Deadly Mosquito Sprays DUE JULY 27
(Beyond Pesticides, July 8, 2004)
EPA is proposing to drastically
change the labels of pesticides used for adult mosquitoes so that vector control applicators will not have to bother with basic protections of our waterways, aquatic species, and pollinators!

THE LABEL IS THE LAW. RELAXING THE LABEL RELAXES THE LAW.
Current labels caution when a mosquito spray is highly toxic to fish and other aquatic species, and bees. Help us keep this basic protection of waterways, pollinators and public health from the broadcast use of adult mosquito pesticides. There are better, safer ways to tackle abundant mosquito populations and the threats of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus!

Regular adulticiding (broadcast spraying for adult mosquitoes) takes place across the country, the current regulations are not prohibiting mosquito vector control from doing its job -- but rather, require they do it better.

WRITE EPA BY JULY 27
TELL THE AGENCY NOT TO MAKE THESE CHANGES TO ADULT MOSQUITO LABELS THAT WILL RESULT IN HARMING, NOT IMPROVING, PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. The changes to the law (the label) will have the effect of encouraging spraying in general as well as over waterways and over pollinators with potentially devastating effects. The label restrictions are there due to the known toxicity of the particular chemical. These precautions should not be automatically overridden with the simple use of a term that holds no firm definition. Municipalities across the nation consider nuisance mosquito populations a “public health threat.” Does that threat warrant an across the board removal of protections for important species with no oversight from Fish and Wildlife Services or other environmental agencies?

Write EPA and say NO to changing the label laws of adult mosquito pesticides.

SAY NO. . .

SEND COMMENTS TO EPA ON OR BEFORE JULY 27, 2004

BY EMAIL: opp-docket@epa.gov, Attention: Docket ID Number OPP-2004-0018
BY MAIL: Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001
, Attention: Docket ID Number OPP-2004-0018.

To sign-on to public comments, please contact Beyond Pesticides.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

EPA Federal Register Notice: http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2004/April/Day-28/p9621.htm
EPA’s Recommendations: http://www.epa.gov/PR_Notices/draftpr2004-XX.pdf
Beyond Pesticides factsheet: The Truth About Mosquitoes, Pesticides and West Nile virus

For a SAMPLE LETTER to EPA or to collaborate, contact:
Eileen Gunn at egunn@beyondpesticides.org
Shuva Chakraborty at schakraborty@beyondpesticides.org
(202) 543-5450

The proposed changes would apply only to products labeled for wide-area application of adulticides (not larvicides) by ground or aerial equipment, typically as ULV sprays or fogs, and not to home and garden use products which may list mosquitoes on the label.