$248.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Wed Feb 26 2014 (Updated 03/05/14)Federal Agency Refuses to End Quarantine on Moth Despite Public Outcry
Wed Feb 26 2014 (Updated 03/05/14)USDA Maintains Classification of Light Brown Apple Moth as Actionable Quarantine Pest
The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on February 7 its decision to maintain the classification of the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM, Epiphyas postvittana) as a quarantine-significant pest. The APHIS stated that by maintaining this classification it is, "seeking to minimize the further spread of the moth in the United States and maintain foreign trade markets for our producers." Eradication programs relating to the moth have been of particular concern to those in California, where large residential areas in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties were sprayed aerially with pesticides in 2007.
The APHIS claims that if the moth were to be reclassified as a non-actionable pest and APHIS' regulatory program for the LBAM were ended, the related damages to commercial crops would lead to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural industry revenue. The APHIS had been evaluating the possibility of reclassifying the LBAM as a nonactionable, non-quarantine pest following petitions submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture in 2008 and 2009. The federal agency has acknowledged that the majority of commenters throughout the process, "requested that we reclassify LBAM as a non-quarantine pest."
In a summary of comments from the public, the APHIS states, "the majority of commenters expressed concern regarding the impacts on the environment and human and animal health associated with the use of pesticides and chemicals to control LBAM. The commenters expressed concern that chemicals used for the control of LBAM had not been tested on humans and that formulations had not been disclosed."
Previous Related Indybay Features: Aerial Pesticide Spraying for LBAM Over Cities Stopped | State Plans to Spray LBAM Pesticide from Northern Bay Area to Santa Cruz and Monterey | Fraud and Deception: The CDFA LBAM Eradication Program | Professor Releases Second Report Exposing the Fraud of the CDFA LBAM Eradication Program | New Studies of LBAM Spray Inadequate, Reveal More Violations of the Law by CDFA | CASS Releases Economic Impact Report on LBAM Pesticide Spray Program
Killer Cop Training - Coming Soon to the Bay Area. (1 comment) Saturday Jul 23rd 7:43 AM
Police Execute Man in Santa Maria, California Thursday Jul 21st 3:42 PM
#FreedomNow: Global Call to Action 7.21 (1 comment) Wednesday Jul 20th 4:01 PM
Sacramento Activists Hold Vigil to Remember 47 Killed in Lac-Mégantic (1 comment) Saturday Jul 16th 4:23 PM
Farming Community Rallies in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides Tuesday Jul 12th 3:36 PM
Governor Jerry Brown in talks with Big Oil over carbon trading program Tuesday Jul 12th 8:26 AM
Equal Justice Rally & Protest Sacramento Sunday Jul 10th 8:06 PM
New Report Documents 74% Decline in Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal CA (2 comments) Sunday Jul 10th 3:46 AM
Oakland Protest #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile (1 comment) Friday Jul 8th 4:33 PM
Solidarity March With Oaxacan Uprising / Marcha en Solidaridad con la Rebelión en Oaxaca Friday Jul 8th 3:47 PMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Attorney Toni Jaramilla Files Race Discrimination Complaint Against Islands Restaurant Friday Jul 15th 9:58 AM
Pipeline Company in Southern California Oil Spill Has Long History of Leaks Friday Jun 24th 5:04 PM
Dawn Collins on RootsCampLA 2016 Thursday Jun 23rd 5:25 AM
The problem with writing in Bernie (8 comments) Sunday Jun 19th 4:46 PM
Killer whales remain protected in Washington Wednesday Jun 15th 5:03 PM
Green Party Moves Towards Declaring Itself Eco-Socialist (3 comments) Wednesday Jun 15th 7:53 AM
Democrat Gov Brown promotes UNaffordable Housing Law Thursday Jun 9th 6:50 PM
61 Reasons To Dump Hillary Clinton (1 comment) Monday Jun 6th 9:49 AM
New Book Reveals Illegal Domestic Intelligence Operations Saturday Jun 4th 3:22 PM
How To Contact The 544 Unelected Antidemocratic Superdelegates Pledged To Clinton (1 comment) Saturday Jun 4th 12:22 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
California State Legislature debates the Negro Exclusion Bill ~ Juneteenth 2016 Tuesday Jun 14th 10:28 PM
Justin Vineyards criticized for clear-cutting oaks (2 comments) Saturday Jun 11th 4:06 PM
6/7/16 End of Act 1 of Staged Presidential Election Wednesday Jun 8th 6:48 AM
Soldier Victims Of Illegal Immoral Wars Promoted By Hillary Clinton Saturday Jun 4th 10:55 AM
Obama Administration Reportedly Lifting Moratorium on California Offshore Fracking Friday May 27th 2:57 PM
US Encirclement of Russia Accelerates; 5/23/16 Voter Reg Deadline for 6/7/16 Election Wednesday May 18th 9:10 PM
Men with "gender identity" problems are not safe for women & girls (1 comment) Wednesday May 18th 12:59 AM
Court unanimously sides with farmworkers and employers against government secrecy Friday May 13th 2:56 PM
Animal Activist Marcy Winograd wins freedom of speech appeal Monday May 9th 6:59 PM
Oil Industry Continues Efforts to “Buy” California’s Electoral System Wednesday May 4th 3:01 PMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]