The GUARDIAN posted a skeeter spraying story to give concerned readers a place to express their views on the chemical application currently being conducted by Ada County.
One reader told us her doctor and the Central District Health Dept. confirmed through blood tests she has been suffering from the West Nile Virus for three weeks, but is slowly recovering.
A report from another reader–one we highly respect–presents information which may be worth following up with regard to spraying with Dibrom. We note the original data is 20 years old, but that should serve to provide more conclusive results about the nature of the chemical. Here is his report:
The following is from the chemical fact sheet found at the Cornell University Pesticide Management Education Program
“- Unique warning statements required on labels:
– The following environmental hazard statement must appear on the
manufacturing-use product labels:
– This product is toxic to fish, aquatic invertebrates, and
wildlife. Do not discharge into lakes, streams, ponds, or public
water unless in accordance with NPDES permit. For guidance,
contact your regional office of the Environmental Protection
This tells me that a NPDES permit is required if any of this stuff is discharged to waters of the US. I would suggest that people start calling the ADA commisioners asking if they have a NPDES permit for the spraying operation. I would also contact the EPA Boise office and ask if a permit has been issued.
Based on studies available to assess hazards to wildlife and aquatic
organisms, naled (dibrom) is characterized as very highly toxic to bees and
aquatic invertebrates. It is moderately to highly toxic to fish and
slightly toxic to upland game birds and waterfowl. Insufficient
data are available to assess the toxicity of naled to estuarine and
MAINSTREAM MEDIA needs to follow up on this one.
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