Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Okay, what part of Environmental Protection Agency didn't you understand?

This first article I found via Common Dreams
EPA OKs spraying pesticides over waters
By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration pleased farmers and frustrated environmentalists Monday by declaring that pesticides can be sprayed into and over waters without first obtaining special permits.

The heavily lobbied decision is supposed to settle a dispute that's roiled federal courts and divided state regulators. It's popular among those who spray pesticides for a living, but it worries those who fear poisoned waters will result.
The reason for this is to kill mosquitos in the larval stage and... wait, what is that jingle jangle I hear:
"Requiring (federal) permitting would unnecessarily disrupt the effectiveness of (pest) control operations and adversely impact hundreds of business," the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society warned.
Here is the real clincher, any pesticide that is deliberately sprayed is not a pollutant. Um. Ok.
But ya just got to love David Farley a man with a mission and a gift for understatement:

"It will just make things a little less messy," Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District Manager David Farley said of the decision Monday. "It means we can continue to do what we have done for years, without additional permitting requirements."
A bit of advice for any one in areas where the 15th Mosquito Ground Attack Squadron will be flying, find out what pesticides are being sprayed, have your aquifier tested, arm yourself with an environmental lawyer. Is it just me or did the Environmental Protection Agency become the Environmental Protection Racket.

If you click on the above link, make sure, to visit the biography of current administrator
Stephen L. Johnson. Why? 'cause now I am going to ask you to connect the dots. In his 25 year career with the agency Mr. Johnson has served as:

Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances
Acting Deputy Assistant of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances
Deputy Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)
Director of OPP’s Field Operations Division
Deputy Director of OPP’s Hazard Evaluation Division
Executive Secretary of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
He also worked with Hazelton Labs "which which has a two decade history of misrepresentation of scientific data. (LA Times 1989) and Litton Bionetics, inc. Which made... you guessed it toxic substances .

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