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E-M:/ Non- Factual Information from MSU Professor and MDA Toxicologistanother in a very long list of risk communication errors.
- Subject: E-M:/ Non- Factual Information from MSU Professor and MDA Toxicologistanother in a very long list of risk communication errors.
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Non- Factual Information from MSU Professor and MDA Toxicologist another
in a very long list of risk communication errors.
Dear Mr. Wyant, Director Michigan Department of Agriculture, Sunday, July
LAPEER COUNTY PRESS, 6/26/02 EXPERTS: Agents ( ALSO KNOWN AS PESTICIDES)
pose little risk to humans.
Regarding- Pesticide apologists and pesticide sales and marketing agents
working as State of Michigan employees, also know as 3PM, the pesticide and
Plant Pest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Wyant as you may recall I contacted you on 6/17/02 and we spoke about
a project we had been asked to develop under contract in Lapeer County Michigan
for community based mosquito management, a plan based on biological control-the
Praxis product is called a Vectus Biotool Kit TM. I told you that I had
serious concern about bad information, trivialazation of biological control
processes and products, and the fact that pesticide risk information other
than what is on the pesticide manufactures label was being transmitted as
fact, by pesticide applicators working closely with MDA, MSU and other public
officials in Lapeer County to purposefully misinform the public to push through
a pesticide use agenda. Specially a 5.6 Million dollars tax assessment for
the purchase of pesticide products and application services. You may remember
this scenario from dozens of previous complaints Praxis has filled with the
Michigan Department of Agriculture over the last 15 years. As you know
both you Mr. Wyant and Deputy Director Keith Creagh have repeatedly acknowledged
that EPA registration is not a safety endorsement that pesticides are risky,
that there are immediate and long term consequences to pesticide exposure
at both high and low levels, and damage to the environment and intranet subjects
is a virtual guarantee, because no pesticide is "safe" as this article was
clearly written to imply. You gave me your word that you would look into
our concerns, yet still despite your best efforts -subordinate employees
are at it again. We would like your assistance in developing a criminal
complaint about this aberrant behavior, will you please assist us? It is
possible the people of Lapeer County will be interested in filling their
own complaint once they know the facts.
We will add this to our list of discussion items for our upcoming meeting.
I will fax you an article that has MDA toxicologist Brian Hughes, identified
as "expert" making claims that are not factual and are not on the label on
any of the classes of pesticide products used for Mosquito Control in Michigan.
Especially gauling is the fact that MDA continues to falsely tell people
with serious health concerns like Asthma ( I am an Asthmatic) that they
are safe in their home from pesticide exposure when Praxis has sent peer
reviewed scientific articles to your office and to the office 3PM division
that clearly identify that is not true.
In this article "Hughes said: but skin irritation is the only known human
side effect from pyrethroids used in state regulated mosquito abatement programs."
this is not factual.
As a citizen I am gravely concerned about this specific situation where the
MDA's "Toxicologist" is knowingly not offering factual information to the
press about known pesticide risk. Neither the pesticide manufacturer, EPA
or the standard reference text agree with Mr. Hughes comments, will we again
hear the lame excuse that he was "misquoted by the press". Apparently neither
the pesticide label or pesticide reference books were consulted before Mr
Hughes offered this defective MDA position to the people of Lapeer County.
Will this public perennial disservice remain as business as usual at MDA
or will there be substantive changes?
Here is some factual information from a standard reference text " Basic Guide
to Pesticides- Their Characteristics and Hazards" by Shirley A. Briggs 1996
ISBN 1-56032-253-5 about
Anvil a trade name for a class of pesticides called Pyrethroids that are
now being sprayed in Lapeer.
It reads as follows " MODE of ACTION: Pyrethroids inhibit sodium and potassium
conduction in nerve cells and blocks nerve impulse transmission. Many times
pyrethroids are mixed with piperonyl butoxide in formulations. Immediate
effects: Symptoms are similar to DDT poisoning. T- syndrome: tremors; exaggerated
startled response; hypothermia. CS-syndrome: excessive; writhing and salivation,
deceased startle response; increased adrenaline and blood sugar. OTHER POSSIBLE
EFFECTS: convulsions; diarrhea; headache; vomiting; labored breathing; excessive
mucous discharge; irritability; sweating; sudden swelling of the face; eyelids;
lips; mouth and throat tissues. Hay fever like symptoms; elevated pulse.
LONG TERM EFFECTS: Suspect mutagens; suspect teratogens; suspect carcinogens;
immunotoxin; decreased hormone release from the brain; some effects may be
cumulative. ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: Highly toxic to fish, bees, and aquatic
arthropods. How can any rational person characterize this factual description
of this class of pesticides as safe, there has to be a hidden agenda. I
hope to God its something more than simple greed.
Michigan's infamous "safe" peasticides.
To quote MSU's Dr. Ned Walker, vice president Michigan Mosquito Control
Association said: " synthetic pyrethoids are safe". The above information
is of much greater public concern than a rash warning, and
even a rash can get infected! Please put an end to this senseless passive
aggression being directed by trusted public employees against the public
and enforce existing pesticide rules and regulations. Please call me as
soon as possible. MSU/MSUE is certainly complicit in this subterfuge and
we will file a complaint with them as well on this issue.
Neither State nor Federal employees should act as shills expounding the virtues
of pesticides and trivializing the risks they pose to control the pest management
marketplace. Also doing the un-requested job of repressing pesticide alternatives,
like the safer and more affordable alternative that Praxis offers.
The fact that this is being done to manipulate the public into buying pesticides
is contemptible and should be of concern to every American. This is situation
is dangerous and far more like state capitalism or socialism that it is like
a free market economy in a democratic nation. This is bad public policy
and must end. It is my option that there must be consequences for employees
that continually violate the publics trust in this way.
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