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Bay Area Groups Applaud State Decision to Abandon Aerial Spray Eradication Program of Light Brown Apple Moth

Victory: Earthjustice issues statement in response to CDFA announcement to LBAB spraying
June 19, 2008
Oakland, CA —

Earthjustice, on behalf of a coalition of moms and community, health, environmental and pesticide reform groups, today issued the following statement in response to the news that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has cancelled its program to aerially spray several Bay area cities in efforts to eradicate the light brown apple moth.

Managing Attorney Deborah Reames:

"We at Earthjustice are glad that the CDFA has acknowledged that its plan to aerially spray Bay Area cities with pesticides to eradicate the apple moth was a terrible idea from the start -- it wasn't safe, it wouldn't work, and it wasn't necessary. We are so proud of all the activists who rallied around this issue, including many who raised their voices for the first time for an environmental cause.  We hope they will transfer their amazing energy and talent to other issues of unsafe chemicals that threaten our kids and families across our cities and our farmlands."


Karen Pierce, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, (415) 647-4583
Nina Gold, Play Not Spray, (415) 821-9997
Debbie Friedman, Mothers Advocating Against the Spray, (415)-608-8317
Mike Costa, Our Children's Earth, (415) 342-0042
Norman LaForce, Sierra Club, (510)-295-7657
Nan Wishner, Stop the Spray East Bay, (510) 524-5185 or (530) 467-3069
Also, Stop the Spray San Francisco and Stop the Spray Marin
Tina Cosentino, Californians for Pesticide Reform, (415) 981-3939, ext. 4
Steve Scholl-Buckwald, Pesticide Action Network North America (415) 203-4455