U.S. PROPOSES DOUSING WILDERNESS AREAS WITH PESTICIDES
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Public comment period ends Feb.10 ,2006
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed to apply massive amounts
of pesticides to public lands in 17 Western states. The BLM claims
these pesticides need to be applied to forests, rangelands and aquatic
areas in order to reduce the risk of fire and slow the spread of
invasive weeds. Under the proposal 932,000 acres would undergo chemical
application in 17 western states, including National Monuments and
National Conservation areas.
integral part of this proposal involves aerial spraying of toxic
pesticides, which increases negative impacts on non-targeted vegetation,
wildlife, and people, including recreationists, tourists, and native
peoples (pesticide application areas include Alaska, where native
fishing and plant gathering is widespread).
pesticides that would be used include persistent and mobile chemicals,
including known developmental and reproductive toxins. The list
of pesticides includes 4 new chemicals and 14 other pesticides,
including 2,4-D, bromacil, chlorsulfuron, diquat, diuron, fluridone,
hexazinone, teburthiruon, triclopyr, and picloram. The proposal
would also allow the use of "new chemicals that may be developed
in the future."
the proposal also includes an analysis of possible outcomes of using
nonchemical means of managing these areas and offers an option (Option
C) wherein traditional methods of vegetation management are used
on public lands, not the use widespread application of toxic chemicals.
action now and submit your public comment in support of Option C
of the Bureau of Land Management Programmatic Environmental Impact
Public comment period ends Feb.10,2006
PETITION TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
provide written comments contact Brian Amme, Project Manager, BLM,
P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520-0006. Comments may also be faxed
to 775-861-6712, or emailed to email@example.com.