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Rockland, Erie, Nassau, Suffolk, Tompkins, Westchester, and Albany
counties already have Neighbor Notification laws for pesticide application-- people here in our county deserve the same protection as the residents of those seven counties.

Neighbor Notification laws sensibly require commercial lawn pesticide
applicators to provide 48-hour advance notice to adjacent property
owners prior to certain lawn applications, and posting of residential
lawn pesticide applications.

Pesticides pose a broad range of health harms to humans--
particularly to pregnant mothers, infants, children, senior citizens
and people with impaired health, many types of cancer, neurological
disorders, respiratory ailments, reproductive disorders, and eye and
skin damage.

Neighbor Notification laws have been endorsed by Scenic Hudson,
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, NYPIRG, Cancer Awareness Coalition, 1 in 9 (Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition), American Lung Association of New York State, Mid-Hudson Breast Health Action Project of the Breast Cancer Network of Benedictine Hospital, National Audubon Society, New York League of Women Voters, National Education Association, National Wildlife Federation, New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, New York League of
Conservation Voters, New York State Breast Cancer Network, New York
State Healthy Schools Network, New York State United Teachers, New
York State Parent Teachers Association Board of Health, Physicians
for Social Responsibility, Riverkeeper, Sierra Club-Atlantic Chapter,
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-New York,
Breast Cancer Help, Central New York Labor-Religion Coalition,
Citizens Environmental Coalition, Coalition of Community Gardeners,
Concerned Parents for a Healthy School Environment, Consumer Policy Institute of Consumer's Union, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Kids Against Pollution, Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet, and
Citizen Action of New York.



According to the EPA, "some degree of drift of spray
particles will occur from nearly all applications [of pesticides]."

[United States Environmental Protection Agency. 1999. EPA For Your
Information: Spray Drift of Pesticides. EPA 735F99024. Washington D.C.]



From NYS Department of Environmental Conservation website:
[ ]

"The Neighbor Notification Law, formally known as Chapter 285 of the
Laws of 2000, added Sections 33-1004 and 33-1005 to the Environmental Conservation Law. These new sections add requirements for 48 hour notice to neighbors for certain commercial lawn applications, posting of visual notification markers for most residential lawn applications, providing notice to occupants of multiple dwellings and other occupied structures, and posting of an information sign by retailers who sell general use lawn pesticides. This law is further clarified in regulation 6 NYCRR Part 325 Section 41. The Neighbor Notification Law and regulation are only effective in a County, or in New York City, that has adopted a local law to "opt into" the
Neighbor Notification Law in its entirety and without any changes...

If a commercial lawn applicator uses certain pesticides defined in
the Neighbor Notification Law and regulations, the applicator is
exempted from the requirement to provide 48 hour written notice to
neighbors. The exempted pesticides include certain antimicrobial
pesticides, certain pesticides that meet all of the requirements for
minimum risk pesticides and certain pesticides that meet the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency requirements for reduced risk
pesticides or biopesticides."



Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD ND [email protected]> was one of the presenters at Breast Cancer Options May 7th conference at Vassar College, and presented the following information during her talk that day:

"Pesticide organochlorines found in agricultural and industrial products
including dental sealants have a weak estrogen-like effect and stimulate breast cancer. They cause infertility 20 years after fetal exposure. The Lancet 1998;352;1816-182"



"Breast Cancer Deception" by Sherrill Sellman
[ (excerpt here)]

"Each year, 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and
44,000 will die of the disease. The US has one of the highest breast
cancer rates in the world. Fifty years ago the incidence of Breast
Cancer for a woman's lifetime risk was one in twenty. Now it has
skyrocketed to one in eight. Clearly the so-called war on cancer has
not even made a dent in the breast cancer epidemic as the rates
continue to climb at the rate of one per cent per year.

Many experts predicted as far back as 30 years ago that cancer rates
would increase, citing an explosion of synthetic chemicals. From 1940
through the early 1980's, production of synthetic chemicals increased
by a factor of 350.

Billions of tons of toxic substances that never existed are now
released into the environment. Yet only 3 percent of the 75,000
chemicals in use have been tested for safety. These toxic time bombs
are found in our water, air, and soil. Women who live near toxic
waste dumps have 6.5 times the incidence of breast cancer.

A survey conducted by Dr. Mary Wolff of Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York
found that women with breast cancer had four times the levels of DDE
found in non-carcinogenic tumors. Also, another study investigated
why upper class women in the community of Newton, Massachusetts had higher breast cancer rates than the lower economic women. The
researchers attributed the increase to greater use of professional
lawn care service and more dry cleaning.

The pesticide breast cancer link was stunningly highlighted in
research from Israel which linked three organochlorine pesticides
detected in dairy products to an increase of 12 types of cancer in 10
different strains of mice. After public outcry in 1978, the Israeli
government was forced to ban the pesticides Benzene Hexachloride,
DDT, and Lindane. Interestingly, breast cancer mortality rates which
had increased every year for 25 years, dropped nearly 8 per cent for
all age groups and dropped more than a thirty-three percent for women
ages 25-34 in 1986."



"Pesticides and Cancer" by Gwen Petreman\%20&\%20Cancer.htm
[from Toxics Information Project of Rhode Island]

The most convincing evidence that pesticides are carcinogens comes from epidemiological studies. Farmers who frequently use 2,4-D have a six-fold increase in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Scientists believe that the use of lawn chemicals such as 2,4-D has been a significant factor in the 50\% rise in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma over the past 20 years in the American population. (World health Organization. 2,4-D Environmental Aspects. Geneva, Switzerland, 1989.) 2,4-D has also been linked to malignant lymphoma in dogs. Pets are exposed to higher doses of pesticides because they are closer to the ground where concentrations are the highest. Parts of their bodies, such as their scrotum and armpits, are often directly exposed to pesticides. They also ingest pesticides when they are grooming themselves. Studies show that the risk of lymphomas doubled in dogs whose owners treated lawns four times a year.

The lawn pesticides, mancozeb and chlorothalonil have been classified by the EPA as "probable" cancer causing chemicals in humans, as they have been found to cause cancer in animals. Mancozeb has also been found to react with sunlight to form a new compound the EPA categorizes as a "known" human carcinogen. The common lawn pesticide 2,4-D has been shown to increase the risk of lymphatic cancer in farmers six times the normal rate, according to a National Cancer Institute report. (Sinclair, W. 18 Studies Show Why Pesticides Are More Dangerous than Previously Realized. Tampa, Florida)

A University of Iowa study found that working as a golf superintendent significantly increased one's risk of getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, brain cancer, lung cancer, large intestine cancer, and prostrate cancer. Other experts are starting to find that golfers, and non-golfers who live near golf courses, are experiencing similar health problems. A 1996 research project studied brain cancer rates among 600 people. The research demonstrated a twofold increase risk for developing brain cancer for people who lived within 2600 feet of an agricultural area. (American Journal of Public Health, 86(9): 1289-96, 1996.) In 1983 the National Cancer Institute studied 3,827 Florida pesticide applicators who had been spraying for more than 20 years. They found that these pesticide applicators had nearly 3 times the risk of developing lung cancer and 2 times the risk of developing brain cancer. There was no increased risk for pesticide applicators who had been spraying for only 5 years. (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 71(1), July 1983.)

Beginning in the late 1970s there have been reports linking pesticides to leukemia in children. A 1987 study by the National Cancer Institute showed that children living in pesticide-treated homes had nearly a 4 times greater risk of developing leukemia (cancer of the blood). If the children lived in homes where pesticide was sprayed on lawns and gardens, the risk of developing leukemia was 6.5 times greater. All the children in the study were 10 years of age or younger. (Dr. John Peters, University of Southern California, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, July 1987.) Cancer rates in the US have increased by 37\% between 1950 and 1986. Over a million people are diagnosed with cancer in the US reach year. 10,400 people in the US die each year from cancer related to pesticides. It is estimated that the cost of cancer in term of lost production, income, and medical expenses amount to over US $38 billion each year.



"Rising Breast Cancer Rate Fuels Environmental Concerns" by Francesca Lyman
[ -- MSNBC 11/4/03-- excerpt]

"In August, two groups, The Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer
Action, released "The State of the Evidence," a report compiling
results from many studies that they say already show links between
environmental toxins and breast cancer. Among the findings: Common
pollutants, such as benzene, a compound found in car exhaust, are
linked to breast tumors, and people who move to industrialized
counties suddenly face a higher breast cancer risk within one

But critics complain that research institutions haven't focused
enough on this kind of investigation.

Federal cancer research spending has increased dramatically, from $90 million in 1990 to $800 million in 2001, but less than 3 percent of
those dollars have been focused on finding environmental links to
breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Coalition."



"We will never forget the many citizens who stepped forward in
support of this bill in order to protect others from experiencing the
problems from pesticide exposure that they and their families
suffered. People like Eric Ginsberg, of Merrick, NY, who died of
leukemia last year [in 1999], leaving his wife and two young children
behind; Nancy and Jerry Walsh, of Syracuse, whose 24-year-old son
Shannon died after repeated exposure to pesticides while working for
a landscaping company; Tina Williams in Nassau County and Bruce
Trimper in Schenectady, both of whose families suffered terrible
health problems after their homes were treated for termites; and Joan
Creatura in Rochester, who was exposed, along with her two small
children, to pesticides that came right in through her living room
window when her next door neighbor's tree was sprayed. These
courageous individuals, and the thousands of people across the state
who wrote letters, called, or lobbied their state legislators in
person, deserve the credit for putting sufficient pressure on their
law-makers to force them to act on the Neighbor Notification law."

[Comments of Senior Environmental Associate Laura Haight of NYPIRG just after the state legislature approved Neighbor Notification, and Governor Pataki signed it into law finally allowing counties to opt
into the program as they choose: ; ]



from the Environmental Advocates' "June Green Sheet"
[thanks to Jeff Green of for passin' this along!]

"One hundred percent of nearly ten thousand people tested by the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have pesticides in their blood and
urine, according to Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and
Corporate Accountability, a new report released in May by the
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA).

The CDC study looked at 23 different chemicals. "Most, if not all,
U.S. residents carry toxic pesticides in their body in many cases at
levels above what the government considers acceptable, with children
and women and Mexican Americans at greatest risk," says report
co-author Skip Spitzer.

For example, children-- the population most vulnerable to
pesticides-- are exposed to the highest levels of nerve-damaging
organophosphorous (OP) pesticides. The CDC data show that the average 6 - 11 year-old sampled is exposed to the OP pesticide chlorpyrifos at four times the level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe for long-term exposure.

Chlorpyrifos, produced principally by the Dow Chemical Corporation,
is designed to kill insects by disrupting the nervous system. It has
been shown to disrupt hormones in humans and to interfere with normal development of the nervous system in laboratory animals. Although the EPA has restricted chlorpyrifos for most residential uses, it is still widely used in agriculture.

"Pesticides come to us in our food and in our drink," Spitzer says.
"This is the primary avenue of exposure. But they're also in the air,
they're also in the water. They're also on surfaces that we come in
contact with. And eventually they get into the human body through our
skin, or through inhalation or through actually ingesting them by
eating something."

The report found that women have significantly higher levels of three
of the six organochlorine pesticides evaluated and that Mexican
Americans carry dramatically higher body burdens of five of the 15
evaluated pesticides in urine samples, including DDT. Groups
releasing the report in New York included EANY, the Interfaith Center
on Corporate Responsibility, Citizens' Environmental Coalition and
NYPIRG. They called on the EPA to take a precautionary approach to
pesticides and require chemical manufacturers to prove that their
chemical products pose no health risks before they are marketed. More
information is available at .



"Weed, Bug Killers Found in Americans" [excerpt]
[May 23rd article by Martin Mittelstaedt from Toronto Globe and Mail]

A survey of more than 1,300 Americans has found traces of weed- and
bug-killers in the bodies of everyone tested, leading
environmentalists in Canada and the United States to call for far
tighter controls on pesticides.

The survey, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, found that the body of the average American contained 13
of these chemicals.

A surprising finding was that 99 percent of Americans, including
virtually all children born in recent years, had DDT residues. The
use of the insecticide has been subject to controls and outright bans
since the late 1960s, and its presence indicates how persistent it is
in the general environment.

More than half of those tested also had residues of 2,4-D. The lawn
herbicide is controversial in Canada, where its use has been targeted
by dozens of municipal bans on the cosmetic use of herbicides.

The finding of widespread pesticide exposure suggests that, despite
the trend of increased consumption of organic food and intense
regulation of the pesticide industry, the U.S. public is routinely
coming into contact with these substances through the environment and food.

"The fact that Americans are carrying a mixture of toxic pesticides
suggests a dramatic failure of government efforts in the U.S. to
protect public health and safety," contended Andrea Peart, a
spokeswoman for the Sierra Club of Canada.

Health authorities in Canada have done no comparable survey on the
amount of pesticides in Canadians. Catherine Saunders, a spokeswoman for Health Canada, said the agency relies on the U.S. data to estimate what Canadians may have in their bodies.

The levels of pesticides found in Americans were generally small. The
DDT residues were detected in parts per billion, with the highest
readings in women. Women generally have more fatty tissue than men,
and DDT is stored in fat.

But Pesticide Action Network North America analyzed the U.S. exposure
data and determined that for two insecticides-- chlorpyrifos and
methyl parathion-- exposures exceeded acceptable thresholds, in one
case, by more than four times the amount recommended for children.



"Environmental Chemicals and Breast Cancer Risk: Why is There Concern?"

"Currently, there are about 865 pesticide active ingredients
registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and
thousands of products containing these chemicals singly or in


"Risk factors consistently associated with a higher breast cancer
risk are called "established" risk factors. Established risk factors
include getting older, having regular menstrual periods earlier,
going through menopause later in life, having a first child late in
life, not having any children, having a mother or sister with breast
cancer, past exposure of breasts to ionizing radiation, or having
certain types of benign breast disease. But these factors explain
only about 25 to 50\% of breast cancer cases."

[Madigan et al., JNCI vol. 87, pp. 1681-1685, 1987; Rockhill et al.,
Am. J. Epidemiol., vol. 147, pp. 826-833, 1998]


"Breast cancer rates vary widely in different parts of the world.
Rates are the highest in North America, Northern Europe and
Australia. Breast cancer rates are much lower in Japan, China, Africa
and India. It is not clear why there are geographical differences in
breast cancer rates. Differences in age of childbearing, diet,
lifestyle and exposure to environmental chemicals have been offered
as possible explanations. Studies of breast cancer rates of Japanese
women who migrate to the US suggest an environmental influence on the risk of breast cancer. Within one or two generations the breast
cancer rates of descendants of Japanese women migrating to the US
increase, and become similar to the higher breast cancer rates of
western women. Results of studies on twins in Scandinavia also
suggest that a woman's environment plays a significant role in
determining her breast cancer risk. In this study inherited factors
accounted for about 27\% of breast cancer risk, suggesting that
environmental factors play a major role in determining the risk of
breast cancer."

[IARC, GLOBECAN, 2000; Shimizu et al., Br. J. Cancer, vol. 63, pp.
963-966, 1991; Lichtenstein, N. Engl. J. Med., vol. 343, pp. 78-85,


"Much of the concern about whether pesticides affect breast cancer
risk stems from observations of higher rates of cancer in male
workers with high exposures to pesticides. There are higher rates of
some cancers in male farm workers, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and cancer of the stomach, brain and prostate."

[Blair and Zahm, Environ. Health Perspect. vol. 103 [Suppl. 8], pp.
205-208, 1995]


"In one study of North Carolina farm women, one group of workers who
did not wear protective clothing or gloves when applying pesticides
had a two-fold higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who did take proper precautions. The results of this small study suggest that breast cancer risk may be increased in some farm women with high exposures to pesticides. This study illustrates the importance of
reducing exposures to pesticides in workplace situations."

[Duell et al., Epidemiology, vol. 11, pp. 523-531, 2000; Blair and
Zahm, Environ. Health Perspect., vol. 103 [Suppl. 8], pp. 205-208,

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    This is important for everyone, I know it is a problem for me because I have Asthma. Address; Zip Code 21 Charles Street Apt 3F Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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    The ground is saturated with poisons; most should be banned anyway! Address; Zip Code Hyde Park, 12538
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    short of banning these applications, notification is a necessity Address; Zip Code 206 Mill Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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    One has to wonder at the short-sightedness of placing profits for the chemical industry over the loss of human capital due to cancer. Address; Zip Code 62 Old Post Rd. , Red Hook NY 12571
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    I think pesticide application should be outlawed. We're giving up our health and putting our children at risk for a green lawn?? Just doesn't make much sense to me. Address; Zip Code 32 Deer Run Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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    It is imperative to know what chemicals are on the ground and in the water. Address; Zip Code Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
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