A storm could be coming for Gov. Schwarzenegger over the aerial spraying of Monterey county.
As you may have read in my earlier posts, there have now been 4 days of aerial pesticide spraying over some residential communities in California. The goal was to eliminate the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) from the Monterey area before it spread to agricultural centers and potentially did over $100 million in damages.
- link to the effected area map.
The controversy is twofold. First, the spraying was done inspite of protests by the communittee and the unanimous vote of the city council to block the spray. Yeah, democracy! Second, although the maker of the spray (Suterra) assured us all it is completely safe it has not been tested fully by the EPA.
The whole thing seemed to make no sense until someone tracked down the money and brought this to my attention…
Maybe it is a coincidence. Maybe Arnold really did feel like spraying citizens with untested chemicals to prevent some other people from loosing money is a reasonable thing in a free society. Or… maybe this is an example of “owing something” to a contributor, no matter what the potential risk to human health.
I would also like to mention that there have been a number of reports (in local yahoo groups and the like) of people who developed irritated eyes, scratchy throats, etc on the morning after the first spraying. I also have had a sore throat that lasted for all three day of spraying over my house and has just gone away (no spray last night). Can any of us claim %100 that these symptoms are due to the spray? Of course not. But doesn’t it seem a bit wrong that we have to consider the possibility that the spray made us ill because the EPA has not tested the chemical?
There is already talk of repeating the spray next month. Personally, I am going to get out of town for the next one. But more importantly, this has to be stopped and an investigation should be conducted to see just how much corruption is involved.