Barb Wilkie's EHN Website
Last updated 2008

EHN Board President Barb Wilkie was very ill from chemically-induced kidney disease for several years. She passed away May 31, 2011. EHN presents this site both as a tribute and as valuable information. Many links and references will be out of date but Barb's research holds up over time. We will be transferring the site page by page, with updated details, to EHN's main site. If you would like to reach an EHN staff person, please contact us directly.


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Just because I cannot keep up with this page, doesn't mean that you don't have to Act Now! Please get a feel for what can be done, for the efforts so many of us have put into making this planet a healthier place for all of its creatures -- including our families. Some of our former endeavors, now "ancient history," remain below for you to explore. The links will most likely no longer function, but you can see that a lot of effort was put into it by various people of many organizations so the public could feel it easily had "a voice."

Please take a few minutes of your time to engage in various issues that affect you, that are special to you.. Then act by attending the events, if you can; by writing letters to send via snail mail or or e-mail; by making phone calls. Also, do spread the word while taking a walk or having a cup of tea . . . or while around that water cooler if you are still able to work.

Get involved! The Internet can bring you information, but no one can make the necessary changes alone. We need YOU -- we all need one another. And you will find that by helping all of us . . . you will surely help yourself! What a pay-off.

Of course, EHN's May 11, 1999 petition is still open and accepting letters. Docket Number 99P-1340 requests that the FDA require ITS warning on all labels on all fragrance products released to market without substantiation of safety. Please do get involved in spreading the word of EHN's petition.

As you may guess, with all the ads for the myriad of fragrance products, mainstream media has not really done their level best to get the word out to the unsuspecting consumer about the harmful chemicals used to concoct modern, petrochemical-derived fragrances. Of course, the pharmaceutical industry is the main beneficiary of perfume poisoning -- just look at the plethora of ads for drugs to help one feel a tad better from the various symptoms associated with perfume chemicals. The pharmaceuticals are no cure! The cure will be found in prevention. But, prevention will be best served by alerting the public.

From my perspective, there is no good reason why the FDA cannot follow its own regulations, which state that it should require this message on products not substantiated for safety: WARNING: The safety of this product has not been determined.

While that warning leaves much to be desired as far as the FDA properly informing an unwitting consumer, it does at least provide a clue that all may not be as the flavors and fragrance industry leads one to believe. Their products are derived from petrochemicals. Our bodies have not evolved to fend off such an constant chemical onslaught! And those products do attack through absorption and via inhalation. They can adversely affect the very people whose sage doctors have advised: AVOID FRAGRANCES. It may be one thing to avoid using fragrance products on your own, but a person cannot avoid those products used by others. Alas. For all that's harmful about smoking, at least the rising smoke gives one a clue to hold one's breath . . . and cigarette smoke doesn't linger for months -- nay, years! -- quite the way petrochemical-derived fragrances can. And do.

If you are tired of suffering various adverse events due to perfumed product pollution, please write to the FDA. For more information, please see EHN's page

Also, for all of you trying to remain gainfully employed, feel free to pull what you need from EHN's FDA Petition 99P-1340, as well as pages like Fragrance Info at and EHN's page of access and accommodation i nformation called,Take Heart!

May the management team of your workplace be less contemptuous than those who headed the agency for which I had worked.

As my health has taken another turn, I cannot keep up with all of the alerts. Hence, this page has changed.

But here are just a few of the organizations that make voicing your opinion easy -- more are listed below in what I now term, Ancient History.

A site with an interest in Indoor Air Quality is the American Lung Association of California. (However, they don't yet seem to give a hang about perfumed products pollution indoors and out.) To sign up for their Advocacy Network go to

Another is Working Assets, the phone service organization. Their Activism page, including Tips for activists, can be reached at

And, if you want to get even more political, you might explore at

Of course, there are ever so many environmental groups and causes hoping you will join them in their activism . The three organizations I've provided above are only a glimpse into what's available. With just a modicum of effort on your part, you can start changing the world.

Remember Margaret Mead's famous line: "Never doubt that a small group of dedicated individuals can change the world ... indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Best wishes to all!
-- barb


Ancient history as far as these Action Alerts go . . .


Access Board

Action Letters | Activist | ADA | ALA's Lung Action | Alert

Berkeley | Boycots | Calif SB 2100 | Cell Phone | CPSC

Dursban | Dean Edell | EDF Action | EI Poll

EPA: Food Quality Protection Act | EPA: Malathion | EMF/EMR | Escalante House

FDA | FDA: Fragrance Petition | FDA: Fragrance Sensitivity

FDA Irradiated Food | FDA Modernization Act

Federal Register | Genetic engineering | GWSS | Indoor Air & AB 3223

Lambda Letters Project | Marin Beyond Pesticides | Medical Privacy

National Environmental Trust | National Forests | NRDC | NTP | Oakland's "at large" council seat

Pesticides/Schools | Outdated, yet still informative | Pure Food Campaign | Rebecca

San Mateo Co Town Hall | Sense of Smell Day | Dr. Sinaiko | Write Now!


ALA's Lung Action -- American Lung Association Action Network -- keeps you abreast of their latest hot issues, and makes it easy for you to sign on.. Maybe you can begin to educate them about the harmful chemicals that are found in fragrance products and convince them that perfume pollution is something to be reckoned with. Alas, I haven't been able to convince ALA.


GWSS DEIR Public Comments were due by May 17, 2002


EHN's Letter in response to the GWSS * DEIR
sent May 17 to Gov. Davis and CDFA

PLEASE USE SAFER MEANS OF GWSS CONTROL, INCLUDING BATS! GWSS and bats are night flyers. Bats eat what's there. If GWSS are there, they won't be for long with bats on the wing. And, you'll save the bees and the organic farms, the health of the people of the State of California, . . . and our fish and wildlife downstream! -- barb


Department of Pesticide Regulation
  1. "Our mission is to protect human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management." [Emphasis added.]


  2. Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Project
    "Under the guidance of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the County Agriculture Departments use ground applications of carbaryl to control glassy-winged sharpshooter in several counties." [Emphasis added.]


Friday, May 17, 2002 deadline for public comment on GWSS DEIR (Glassy Winged Sharpshooter Draft Environmental Impact Review)

From No Spray Network

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Pierce's Disease Control Program (PCDP) is out for public review. Individuals have until May 17 to write in comments. The hardcopy of the DEIR can be found at the reference desk of the main Sonoma County Library on E street in Santa Rosa. The text of chapter two, program summary, is posted on the No Spray web page . For details on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) go to

Even though each of us is very busy, spraying could begin any day. We have a narrow time frame to enter our comments of the DEIR. The DEIR's thrust "did not identify any impacts that could not be reduced to a level of insignificance". We at the coordinating council disagree. We consider a program with forced spraying of pesticides to be very significant.

By law, any comments or questions raised have to be addressed in the final EIR. Please bring up any concerns you have about the environment around you or any health problems you or anyone in your home may have if pesticides were sprayed in your area and around your home.

Here is a portion of the Draft Environmental Impact Report so you can read for yourself just how significant this DEIR is.

    Impact Haz-3: Fragile populations, i.e., individuals who are susceptible to health complications, because of health or developmental status (e.g., acutely ill, very young or old, or pregnant individuals), may be present in certain locations, such as parks, recreation areas, sports arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, adult care centers, day care centers, and schools. When evaluating a proposed pesticide, CDPR adds an additional uncertainty factor to compensate for inherent uncertainties in the process. The uncertainty factor takes into account the variability in susceptibility within populations. In addition, the PDCP includes measures to ensure that schools, day care centers, and similar places would be given special consideration in scheduling pesticide treatments, which would further limit the potential for pesticide exposure. With these measures, the potential for health hazards to fragile populations would be less than significant.

    Mitigation Measure Haz-3: No mitigation is required for this less than-significant impact. Additional program safeguards to reduce potential health impacts to fragile populations include notification of schools, day care centers, rest homes, and hospitals that are nearby any proposed treatment operations prior to treatment. Special scheduling would be arranged, if necessary. Pesticide treatments on school grounds and busy public areas would be scheduled for off-time hours when feasible. CDPR would conduct monitoring to verify proper application rates. The data from environmental monitoring would be reviewed to ensure that applications do not lead to undesirable residue levels. Anomalous results would be evaluated to determine if application methods needed to be adjusted, and if so, the PDCP would require that treatments be modified accordingly.

    Significance: Less Than Significant (LTS)

Can you imagine moving the sick, the disabled, before spraying? It isn't a feat easily accomplished with bees . . . and what safe haven do the already chemically injured have but their own homes? And then, when would it be safe to return? Let the Governor know you don't accept the "acceptable risk" concepts. -- barb


See the No Spray Action Network webpage for more info

Address comments on the DEIR to:

Ms. Susan Stratton, Ph.D
Real Estate Services Division
Department of General Services
State of California
PO Box 989052
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9052


[Please also write to Gov. Gray Davis:

For Gov. Davis:
Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633

Dear Friends, Near and Far --

RE: GWSS -- May 17th is the deadline for our getting comments into Gov. Gray Davis and Calif. Dept of Food and Agriculture Pierce's Disease Control Program, regarding the spraying for the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

. CDFA's PDCP -- Jim Rains (916) 651-9371 or Susan Stratton (916) 376-1610 or

Governor Gray Davis Phone: 916-445-2841; Fax: 916-445-4633; email:

Near the bottom of this message are Linda McElver's "post cards" for reformatting as postcards on card stock, or print them out as a letter and fax, mail or email them in.

We lost Julia Kendall in 1997 to her body's response of leukemia to an inadvertent spraying of Malathion for the medfly in Southern California around 1989. Julia had been riding in an open convertible. I've no idea how many others we've lost to this state's pesticiding practices before and after. Now the state is hot and heavy into the plans for spraying for another pest in urban and rural areas -- the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter (GWSS). BUT THERE ARE SAFER MEANS OF CONTROL.

County Ag Commissioners have promised to spray for the GWSS if/when the state tells them to spray. REGARDLESS OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S REQUEST NOT TO SPRAY PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Linda McElver is the champion with the information on the GWSS and it is her work that follows. Linda's website is Canaries NO ACCEPTABLE RISK Campaign at You can learn a little more about the GWSS on her page of Current Activities at

Another excellent site for info is No Spray Action Network -- with their Health and Ecological Effects of Pesticides Used to Combat the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter in California, 2000 --    Near the bottom of their frame, they give safer alternatives to pesticides, which will benefit beneficial bugs, human and pet health, health of fish and wildlife downstream, . . . But, it won't be as beneficial to the pesticide industry.

If you'd like another perspective on the subject of spraying, please visit East Bay Pesticide Alert at and their page, which specifically covers the GWSS --

Steve Tvedten -- Safe2Use -- writes, on his page, Citizens can make a difference --


    "This is our opportunity to give input on Alternatives to Pesticides and Bio-engineering and to ask for epidemiological studies. We need to know the extent of harmful effects of pesticides and reveal to each other, to CDFA and the general public how much information we have on viable alternatives.

    "CEQA [The California Environmental Quality Act --] says that we must not damage human health or the environment, must stop toxic runoff into our lakes and rivers, stop further threat to pollinators, beneficial insects and microbes [upon which healthy, productive agriculture depends].We must cause no further degradation and even take steps to reverse any mess we might already have made. ..."


If you know any organic farmers or any beekeepers in California, please also plead with them to write to Governor Davis and to CDFA and Susan Stratton responding to the DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report).

IF you live in California, please take a few minutes to visit the referenced websites and then write. Please feel free to use Linda's "post cards" below to make it easier for you.

If you live out of state, but know someone in California, please share with them. And everyone keep a "heads up" attitude, for who knows where the industry will take their spraying next . . . it could be in YOUR yard.

From the webpages of our governor and his wife, Sharon Davis (click out to it from California's home page --

    "Sharon Davis focuses her attention on issues that affect children's health, safety and well being. Both Governor Davis and the First Lady share a commitment to the State's most precious resource, California's children."


And from the webpage of Gov. Davis:

    "Governor Gray Davis has made improving public education his administration's number-one priority."


Barb's two bits' worth: Well, folks, the health of the children -- "the State's most precious resource" -- is at stake. And without healthy children, fully capable of learning because they aren't suffering neurological damage and/or other health problems due to superfluous toxins from pesticides, the goal of improving public education is just so many empty words.


RE: Alameda County -- I've been told by our county Agricultural Commissioner that if they find a GWSS in my backyard, they could spray. Doesn't matter one iota that I live with chemical injury, that I've already suffered chemical poisonings from "safe" pyrethroids used in my former workplace. Nothing matters except following the dictates of the state. PLEASE get info on the Draft EIR for the GWSS, and respond by the deadline, May 17, 2002. Let Gov. Davis know that we do not believe that our lives can so easily be dismissed by the phrase, ACCEPTABLE RISK.

-- barb


Linda McElver's sample POSTCARDS --

Dear CDFA :
RE:Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Pierce¼s Disease Control Program (PDCP) Comments

Stop this forced private residence pesticide spray program that violates the civil rights of organic gardeners. It is illegal to say the EPA guarantees NO Harm. Pesticide safety testing is junk science leaving out the larger, toxic, secret inert ingredients and therefore can¼t be guaranteed to be safe for anyone. New scientific evidence indicates that inhaled fine particle pollution can cause lung contraction and disease in healthy people and death in sick people.

Ca Dept. of Food and AG (CDFA) illegally discriminates, calling disabled sensitive persons (3% of the population) who have documented life-threatening incidents to legal levels of pesticides as insignificant and therefore disposable human beings, expecting even those bedridden and dying to flee with no mitigation or safe place to go. Their properties contaminated with pesticides against the advice of their doctor, forcing them to avoid their gardens for months, not hours, until residues are gone. Persons with lung, liver, cardiac, brain, immune system, endocrine and other diseases could also have life-threatening incidents. Synthetic Pesticides should never be used for any emergency on anyone¼s property without complete proof of safety.

This is a fabricated alcohol/agriculture emergency. Growers failed to test for PD and prune to save vines. The year of devastation Ground zero Temecula County had a bumper wine grape crop. CDFA deliberately misleads the public; many Pierce¼s Disease strains that affect food crops are not in CA. GWSS is not the only insect vector and can not be eradicated in Ca. Pierce¼s Disease has been here 100 years. At ground zero growers have solved their own problems by ripping out healthy nearby citrus trees, a favorite habitat of GWSS, planting less exotic disease resistant wine grape varieties, spraying their own pesticides and removing infected vines.

Signature ________________________________
Print Name ____________________________________
City ___________________________State ___Zip code_______
Card Prepared by Linda J. McElver, GWSS Environmental Task Force, and
president Canaries Foundation


Dear Governor Davis,

PLEASE DON¼T SPRAY US FOR SOME OF US MAY DIE. Please do not declare any more emergencies for agriculture requiring the trespass of toxic pesticides on non-agriculture property. Pesticide science is JUNK science based primarily on the active ingredients, leaving out the larger, toxic, secret, pesticide inerts. Therefore it is impossible to guarantee the safety of anyone, especially vulnerable populations -- the 100 million Americans with chronic health diseases. New research indicates legal levels of fine particle pollution constrict healthy people¼s lungs and sick people die. EPA scientists say pesticide inerts are the probable cause of the life- threatening asthma attacks. Ca Dept. of Food and Ag ignored the GWSS Environmental Task recommendation of pesticide inert investigation in the EIR. The current Pierce¼s Disease (PD)Control Program is the result of a fabricated emergency that horribly discriminates against sick and dying disabled people forcing them to flee if you spray in their communities giving them no mitigation and no safe place to live.

We are outraged about the bumper wine grape crop, the year of devastation in ground zero Temecula County; the failure of the growers to test for PD and prune to save vines. GWSS is not the only insect vector of the 100 year-old disease and GWSS cannot be eradicated in CA. Ca Dept. of Food and Ag deliberately misleads the public; many Pierce¼s Disease strains that affect food crops are not in CA. Now growers protect their crop by ripping out healthy citrus trees (the favorite habitat of GWSS); planting less exotic disease resistant wine grape varieties; spraying their own pesticides; and removing infected vines. Stop burdening sick and dying people with proof of pesticide harm, when Ca legislature does not have the courage to demand full product and synergetic testing by industry. Stop this 39.2 million dollar wasteful program, the genetically engineered wine grapes are unwanted because Europe won¼t buy the wine. Protect agriculture and the people by allowing only sustainable agriculture solutions to every problem. Why not stop the foreign pests at the border, every 60 days a new foreign insect enters California. Please don¼t spray us.

Print Name____________________________________
City_______________________ State _______Zip Code __________

Card Prepared by Linda J. McElver, GWSS
Environmental Task Force, and president Canaries Foundation



    Susan Stratton
    SR. Environmental Planner
    Department of General Services
    Real Estate Services Division
    Professional Services Branch
    PO Box 98952
    West Sacramento, CA 95798-9057

For Gov. Davis:
    Governor Gray Davis
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Phone: 916-445-2841
    Fax: 916-445-4633


Linda McElver writes:

Dear Groups, I received a couple of emails concerning my source for this forced spray information.

Your county plan or notification of protection due to pesticide sensitive registry is null and void without any approved alternatives. None have been approved in the EIR. Sneaky how they mislead the public. Any county plan not consistent with the State Plan after the EIR, will be changed. Our Own Richard Greek, AG comm. of SLO county promises to use pesticides if ordered to. Remember May 17 is dead line for the EIR responses, or forever hold your peace.




    The glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca coagulata is in the leaf-hopper family of insects (Cicadellidae) that are largely known to fly during the night and these insects are known from the diets of bats. Although I am unaware of any studies that specifically document this insect as a bat prey item, I would say that it is highly likely that bats eat them. Bats like many animals are opportunists and can and will make use of any food items that are abundant. A simple study of placing bats in an enclosure with a known number of these insects would conclusively demonstrate that they are eaten.

    Even chemicals are not a cure all for insect pests and there are many instances where they do more harm than good either by removing predatory insects or by introducing poisons into our lives. The wise use of integrated insect control techniques is a concept that is more easily overcome [accomplished] through education.

    I hope this helps.

    Brian Keeley

Bat Conservation International

For more info on bats, see EHN's General Links, page B / Bats


Now read:

Hooked on Poison: Pesticide Use in California 1991-1998
This 2000 report by PANNA and Californians for Pesticide Reform reveals that in California use of carcinogenic pesticides has more than doubled during 1991 to 1998, and that total pesticide use in 1998 is at the highest level ever reported.
Available online as PDF files. -- barb

Pesticide Reports from EWGä


Steve Tvedten's CD, The Best Control
If you purchase Steve's CD through this link, you help EHN. -- barb


January 15, 2001 -- The new access language passed! See EHN's Access (aka Take Heart!) / Cities

December 29, 2001

HI Berkeley Residents --

Wishing you and yours a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR!.

I'm trying to reach only folks who live in Berkeley, California.

Berkeley residents, I'd like to take a little of your time . . .

Following is a letter that you may send as is, or use through cut and paste to form your
own, or simply write your own request that new language be adopted to get across
the point that Berkeley's civic meetings should be attended without the use of
synthetic scents. Please get it into Mayor Dean and Councilmembers the first week in
January, but certainly no later than January 14th. It will be voted upon on January 15th.

And please share with folks you know who live in Berkeley and may be interested in
seeing the proposed change in language appearing on meeting notices and agenda.

Email your note to Berkeley's mayor and city council members via the following addresses:

Thank you. Now for the letter to use as a sample ... or even just send if you haven't the
energy to write your own.

Subject: Proposed language change: "... and the Council has asked for people to refrain
from wearing scented products to the meetings."

Dear Mayor and Councilmembers of the City of Berkeley:

Please adopt the suggested statement to appear on all agendas and meeting notices:

"Smoking is not allowed, and the Council has asked for people to refrain from wearing
scented products to the meetings."

This language would replace the current confusing language, adopted April 30, 1996,
under influence from the fragrance industry. The industry flew in top staff to thwart the
efforts of Berkeley's own Commission on Disability, chaired by Ms. Jean Nandi, and
the residents of Berkeley who were seeking access to civic events. The Commission
had requested the council adopt this kindly worded phrase: "OUT OF RESPECT FOR

Fragrance chemicals create barriers, which may be invisible but are nonetheless
formidable. Synthetic fragrance chemicals (largely petrochemical-based and added to
a great variety of personal care and cleaning and maintenance products) can cause
debilitating and disabling effects upon respiratory, cognitive and mobility functions.
These chemicals, which are recognized as indoor air pollutants by the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), also cause a variety of other debilitating
illnesses. (NIEHS -

To adopt the proposed clearer language, the Berkeley Council would be doing much to
follow the lead of the US Access Board, which states in part:

"... While many questions are yet to be answered, the Board believes
in doing what it can where it can. As a result, the Board has adopted
a policy for its meetings and public gatherings that will help reduce
exposure to personal fragrances. Under this policy, the Board requests
that all participants refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other
fragrances, and use unscented personal care products in order to
promote a fragrance-free environment. ..."

Should Berkeley care to start an educational campaign, it could follow the lead of
Shutesbury, Massachusetts. David Ames, town administrator, writes:


    "What we have done in Shutesbury makes common sense, and it is easy. Perhaps other
    towns may wish to implement the same thing. We are doing this as an educational
    program and not an enforcement program. As you enter the municipal buildings you will
    see a poster that I downloaded from the Nova Scotia Nurses Union called 'No scents is
    good sense'."

    "Skunk poster:

    "I made some pouches out of envelopes and we have placed awareness flyers in them.

    "We purposely vary the official language somewhat. We have used the following:

      This is a fragrance free zone.

      This meeting is fragrance free.

      This meeting is fragrance free for everyone's comfort.

      Please remember that this is a fragrance free meeting.

      Thank you for making this a fragrance free meeting.


    "I am more than glad to have you share our efforts. If anyone has any other questions,
    feel free to e-mail "David Ames" or call me at 413.259.1214."

Thank you for considering the adoption of the new language:Ý

"Smoking is not allowed, and the Council has asked for people to
refrain from wearing scented products to the meetings."

I look forward to seeing this message on meeting notices and agendas.


Your Name



Pesticide Spraying in Schools - Sign the petition
"The pesticide industry, of course, does not want this bill to go through and is lobbying hard. Unfortunately, the Republican Congressional members are taking the side with the pesticide industry, however, if we let them know we are watching they will be inclined to change their views."

National Assessment of All Aerial Spraying form
Inform R.K. Simon, Ph.D.
Environmental & Toxicology International.


Malathion: Malathion Up for Review - Send Comments to EPA


    Dear Friends:

    Let's take a minute ... It was July 12, 1997 that we lost Julia Kendall to Malathion poisoning. She developed leukemia as a result of being sprayed in Southern California while riding in an open convertible and battled her disease, and FOR us, during the 90s.

    In honor of Julia's memory, if not for ourselves, let's send this sample letter if not one of your own. (URL for sample letter:

    See Julia Kendall's works at

    -- barb


NRDC - Earth Action Center


    Tell Governor Davis not to pay businesses to run dirty diesel generators - May 24, 2001
    Governor Davis is considering issuing an executive order without public review ...


Dursban -- Environmental Working Group's BanDursban

"Lambda Letters Project is nonpatisan. However, most of the bills we considerable
favorable to our members are authored by Democrats. -- Webmaster."


Calif. SB 2100 Passes the Full Senate but still needs to pass the Assembly on June 27th.

Our medical freedom bill, SB 21000, passed the California full Senate with a unanimous vote. The major provision of this bill is to change the current state law, which makes it a criminal offense for physicians to treat cancer with other than chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, rather than on the bases of standard of practice. Our bill will make it legal for physicians to provide safe and effective alternative treatments for cancer.

The bill now moves to the assembly side. It will be heard in the Assembly Health Committee on June 27, 2000.

Now is the time for letters of support for SB-2100 to be sent to your local assembly representative and the Chairman of the Committee. If your representative is on this committee, it is especially important for you to write a letter. [Your letters must be sent no later than June 21, in order to be effective.]

Assembly Health Committee members are: Martin Gallegos Chair, Patricia Bates, vice-chair, Dave Cox, George Runner, Sam Anaestad, Charlene Zettel, SheliaÝ Kuehl, Helen Thompson, Ellen M. Corbett, Marco Antonio Firebaugh, Herb Wesson, Scott Wildman, Edward Vincent, and Howard Wayne.

If you don't know your representative, click on and enter your address. Or you can call (916) 319-2856 the Clerks Office for Assembly information. You can also look in the front of your local telephone book in the blue section under State Government Offices for local Assemblyman names and numbers.

The most effective communication is by letter. You can write to your representative and the Governor at:

State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814
You need only say, "Please support SB 2100 Alternative Medicine." One or two additional sentences are welcome (but not necessary).

We thank you if you already sent a communication supporting this bill on the Senate side, now we need letters to go to your Assemblyman and Martin Gallegos Chair. For questions about this bill contact Frank Cuny at

Since this bill will be heard on June 27, your letters must be sent no later than June 21, in order to be effective.

If you wish to receive Alerts/Newsletter from our organization E-Mail us at Please include your Zip code so we can target specific districts when necessary.


Sample letter -- Please copy into your word processing program and there prepare it for sending.

June 5, 2000

Assembly Health Committee

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Assemblyman Martin Gallegos, Chairman, and all Assembly Health Committee Members:

I urge you to please pass SB2100, Alternative Medicine Bill to be heard in your committee, Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

The major provision of this bill is to change the current state law, which makes it a criminal offense for physicians to treat cancer with other than chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, rather than on the bases of standard of practice. SB 2100 will make it legal for physicians to provide safe and effective alternative treatments for cancer.

Sales of chemotherapy cancer drugs reached 8.4 billion dollars in 1999 - yet cancer deaths are at an all time high.

Unconventional medicine is mainstream. According to a study released in JAMA on November 10, 1998, four out of ten Americans used alternative medicine in 1997 to treat chronic conditions, spending an estimated 27 billion, out-of-pocket for alternative therapies.

This bill is important to me because:




Thank you in advance for your vote of "yes," to SB2100!


Ý Signature

Your Printed Name


California State Assembly Health Committe:

Martin Gallegos, D.C. Chair Phone: (916) 319-2057. Email: Dem - The 57th Assembly District includes the communities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, El Monte, Irwindale, City of Industry, La Puente, Hacienda Heights, Bassett, Valinda and portions of South El Monte, West Covina and Glendora. Do not assume that becaue he is a chiropractor he will pass this bills, as he has represented the medical hospital industry!

Tony Strickland, Vice Chair Rep. Phone: (916) 319-2037. Rep The 37th Assembly District is located in Ventura County and includes Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard,Port Hueneme, and Thousand Oaks.

Charlene Zettel Rep. (916) 319-2075.Ý Her district 75 represents the cities of Poway, Santee and parts of Escondido and San Diego, as well as the communities of Alpine, Borrego Springs, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Winter Gardens, and parts of Casa de Oro, Jamul, Campo, Descanso, Boulevard and Spring Valley.

Patricia C. Bates Rep-73 (916) 319-2073 Laguna Hills and south down to Oceanside. Fax 760/757-8087

Sam Aanestad Rep-3 (916) 319-2003 FAX: 916/319-2103 Grass Valley, Chico, Lassen County, etc.

George Runner - Rep-36 - Lancaster, Palmdale & Santa Clarita 661/723-3368 or (916) 319-2036. Call to get fax

Sheila James Kuehl Dem-41 (916) 319-2041. Santa Monica, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Encino

Helen Thomson, RN, Dem (916) 319-2008Ý A registered nurse since 1961, Thomson is married to Captane P. Thomson, M.D., and is the mother of three adult children, all graduates of California public schools and universities. The Thomson's reside in Davis.

Ellen M. Corbett Dem-18 (916) 319-2018 San Leandro

Marco Antonio Firebaugh Dem-50 (916) 319-2050 - the 50th Assembly District of California. Located in Southeast Los Angeles County, the district includes the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Maywood, Huntington Park, South Gate, and Vernon, as well as the unin-corporated communities of East Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, and Walnut Park.

Scott Wildman Dem-43 (916) 319-2043 Glendale, Burbank Darrell S. Steinberg Dem-9 (916) 319-2009 Sacramento area

Edward Vincent Dem-51; Inglewood, Lawndale, Hawthorne, FAX 916/319-2151

Howard Wayne Dem-78 San Diego along coast & downtown: Coronado, Old town, Imperial Beach, some downtown S.D.




Libby Kelley
California Council on Wireless Technology Impacts

Libby writes:

Dear Friends and Advisors,

Senator Hayden's Bill passed the State Senate last week. The urgency provision in the bill was deleted making the effective date January 1, 2001. The amended bill may be found on Senator Hayden's website,

The State Health Department findings are due July 1, 2002. The declaration statement was dropped during Senatorial review (where it refers to the Carlo research, etc. as justification for the bill).

The primary opposition to the bill as it reads now is over the call for the California State Health Department to make a finding based on the RF literature assessment. The Republicans are opposed to having such a finding - this would obviously be pointing a finger and could lead to future litigation. So, there clearly is a partisan feature to the bill. We need to keep the findings provision in the bill or it will be rendered useless.

We need your help to keep this bill alive and passed by the State Assembly. Hearings begin in a couple of week before the Assembly Health Committee. Please let your Assembly representatives people know that you support this bill as written. We also need your help in paying for air fares for flying scientists in to testify on the bill.

Can you make a donation and help raise $2000.00 for this purpose? Send the checks made out to Senate Rules Committee directly Senator Hayden's office, addressed to

    Rocky Rushing, Sen. Hayden's Chief of Staff
    Senator Tom Hayden
    State Capitol
    Sacramento, CA 95814



The first five donors who contact me with a donation of $250.00 or more will receive a "lobby tape" we have put together to support SB 1699. This a 19 minute film on the science, the technology and the politics of "going wireless" in California. It includes footage from the Senate Hearing on the bill is drawn from a film documentary we are making, entitled "DNA, Democracy and the Wireless Revolution".

Wireless Computers and WLAN signals in the classroom - On a related matter, Governor Gray Davis has a huge spending bill proposed which will be voted out by June 15th. In that bill there is a large discretionary amount for California public schools - no strings money.

I am concerned the school districts are motivated to use some of these free funds to purchase wireless computers and other technologies which use wireless technologies for use in the classrooms. I have done a lot of research on these new technologies. Wireless technologies operate between 2.2 to 2.5 gigahertz and send short range, high intensity signals - known as Wireless Local Area Networks, within a short distance. Although each device is low powered, they operate at high frequency which resonates with the human body. Do we want to see 20 children sitting everyday with this equipment on their laps sending signals around the classrooms between computers and to/from a base station antenna inside the classroom?

This would create a new "electrosmog" environment which could affect learning and cause neurological problems due to chronic exposure conditions. We need to educate California legislators and school districts on the downside of this major technological acquisition, which is experimental in design, before spending decisions are made at the local level. Perhaps we can limit use of these funds new technologies. Clearly there is already a huge demand from the school districts for new equipment and the schools have technology advisors who are all for it. I will be putting out more information on this soon.

Libby Kelley


Call-In Tuesday to Support Family Opportunity Act

Action Alert from The Arc,

May 23rd Call-In Day for the Family Opportunity Act Organized Your Senators in Congress need to hear from you!!!


Advocates from several national disability, children and family and health care organizations have organized a call-in day to help secure passage of S. 2274, the Family Opportunity Act.

This bill, introduced by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Kennedy (D-MA), helps middle-income families caring for a child with disabilities and special health care needs by allowing them to buy into needed Medicaid services (see May 8 Action Alert). The two sponsors of this bill need the support of your Senators to pass the bill this year. It is already May and the Congressional year ends in October.


Call or fax your two Senators on Tuesday, May 23. If you have already done so, do it again! The Senator's switchboards should be lit up for every child with disabilities and special health care needs throughout this country. U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202.224.3121


* I am contacting you as a parent of a child with mental retardation (or other developmental disabilities) and special health care needs and asking that you co-sponsor S. 2274, the Family Opportunity Act. As a parent, I know first-hand about the challenges of caring for a child with disabilities and special health care needs. We are asking for your help. We need improved access to special health care services for our child. This bill would allow us, as parents, to pay a premium for necessary Medicaid services for our child.

* I am contacting you as a professional in the disability field and I work with many parents of children with special health care needs. As a professional, I know first-hand about the challenges of caring for a child with disabilities and special health care needs. We are asking for your help. We need improved access to special health care services for children. This bill would allow middle-income parents to pay a premium for necessary Medicaid services for their children. I am asking that you co-sponsor S. 2274, the Family Opportunity Act.

* Talk about your child and his or her health care needs. Make an argument for why access to Medicaid services would help.

* Make sure your Senator's office knows that YOU are a constituent.

* PLEASE Cosponsor S. 2274.

For more info:
Kathy McGinley or Kim Musheno, 202-785-3388.
The Arc of the United States -
Governmental Affairs Office,
1730 K Street, N.W., Suite 1212, Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 785-3388 / FAX (202) 467-4179
TDD (202) 785-3411 / E-Mail


  • ADA


    • Justice For All -

      Pat Wright: Republicans' ADA "Celebration"

      Marilyn Golden,, writes:

      This is an urgent alert from Pat Wright, DREDF's Director of Governmental Affairs, about a significant potential crisis relating to amending the ADA. Please put this out on all e-mail lists and notify your own Congress members, the specific members listed, and all other advocates.



        Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 21:45:06 EDT

        Subject: Republican ADA Celebration Scheduled



        What: By passing an amendment to the ADA


        When: Sometime SOON when we are not watching

        Where: House Floor

        How: BY Putting HR 3590 " ADA Notification Act" on the Suspension Calendar in the dead of night

        Action: TELL THEM NO Suspension, WE OPPOSE HR 3590

        [Want to find your representative? See EHN's Write Now!]

        Join us in letting the House of Representatives (DEMOCRATS and REPUBLICANS) know that they MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN! Let them know that if they vote for this bill WE WILL VOTE IN NOVEMBER! Email or call your Representative today and everyday to tell them not to be fooled by the "reasonableness" of this issue. It is nothing more that a political cover-up for stripping away the civil and legal rights of people with disabilities. Do not take away the rights or remedies given to people with disabilities under the ADA. Passing HR 3590 would return people with disabilities to second class citizenship by giving them a lesser legal standard than race or gender.

        SHAME What an ADA anniversary present from the Republican Leadership.
        SHAME SHAME!

        Please email or call your Representative and the following members of the House Leadership.
        Mr Foley
        Mr Hyde
        Mr Hassert
        Mr Delay

        They will tell you that they know nothing about this. Do not be fooled they are trying to count their votes right now. They need 2/3 to bring it up on Suspension. Tell them when they see it to "JUST SAY NO."


      -- Marilyn Golden
      Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund


    • ADA and the state of California -- please get your letters into
      Governor Davis by May 10, 2000. Letters received after May 10 will still be helpful, so please don't let the fast approaching deadline deter you from writing to Gov. Davis.

      Contact information:
      Governor Gray Davis
      State Capitol Building
      Sacramento, CA 95814

      Phone (916) 445-2841
      Fax (916) 445-4633

      The state requests: "To help us keep track of correspondence and to ensure
      that we are able to respond to California residents, please be sure to include your
      name and address when you communicate with the Governor's Office."

      Guy B. Wallace of the Legal Aid Society writes:

      April 27, 2000

      Dear Colleagues:

      As you may know, the state of California has decided to challenge the constitutionality of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in the U.S. Supreme Court. The state of California has requested that the Supreme Court declare the ADA unconstitutional as applied to the state government as well as its departments and agencies. I am contacting you to enlist the support of your organization and its members in a letter writing campaign to encourage Governor Davis to withdraw this challenge, and instead show California's support for equality for persons with disabilities by submitting an amicus curiae brief in support of the ADA. [Emphasis added.]

      The Supreme Court has already agreed to address the issue of the constitutionality of the ADA as applied to the states this summer in a case brought to the Court by the state of Alabama. It is certain that the Court will rule on this issue in its fall term.

      It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the stakes could not be higher for our community. The ADA ensures that persons with disabilities have access to the many basic programs and services provided by the California State government, and prohibits state and local agencies from discriminating against persons with disabilities. Among many others, the following rights may be lost if the ADA is declared unconstitutional as applied to the states:

        ß The right to accessible state agency offices, including local offices that provide unemployment compensation and other subsistence benefits to persons with disabilities

        ß The right to auxiliary aids and services such as interpreters when using offices or programs that are operated by State or local government agencies, including the Department of Social Services

        ß The federal right to equal employment opportunity with state employers, including the right to be free from discrimination in hiring, promotions and firing

        ß The federal right to reasonable accommodations from State employers, including modified work schedule, accessible work sites, and leaves of absence

        ß The right to an accessible local city hall or town hall

        ß The right to reasonable accommodations while using the programs and services provided at or through the local city hall or town hall

        ß The right to accessible state courts, including the superior courts that are located in each county

        ß The right to reasonable accommodations such as large print or interpreters while using the state courts

        ß The right to accessible public schools

        ß The right to be free from discrimination in the determination of parental custody

        ß The right to accessible housing provided by the state or its agencies

        ß The right to accessible transportation services such as Bay Area Rapid Transit

        ß The right to access to programs such as disability insurance, MediCal, and vocational rehabilitation, as well as the right to receive reasonable accommodations while participating in such programs

        ß The right to access to state medical facilities such as hospitals, and the right to receive reasonable accommodations while using such facilities

        ß The right to access to higher education programs such as those provided at or through the California State University system, the community college system, and the University of California system

        ß The right to access to the California state parks, museums and libraries

      In short, if the Supreme Court declares that the ADA is unconstitutional as applied to the states, many of the important gains that have been achieved during the past ten years would be lost. It would be lawful for State agencies to exclude persons with disabilities from their programs, or to provide us with unequal and discriminatory services.

      This is a matter of great importance to the disability community and I urge you to join the effort to persuade Governor Davis to withdraw California's challenge to the constitutionality of the ADA. Enclosed you will find two form letters to Governor Davis, one from a person with a disability and one from a non-disabled person. We encourage you to use these as samples or to copy and circulate them to your members or clients to sign and send to the Governor. Of course, if your members wish to draft a personalized letter in which they describe why the rights provided by the ADA are so important to peoples with disabilities, they are free to do so.


      Unfortunately, because the Supreme Court only very recently agreed to hear the issue of whether Title II is unconstitutional, we have a very tight timeline for getting Governor Davis' support. For this reason, I must ask that the letter writing campaign begin immediately. Our goal is that at least 1,000 letters, messages or other communications reach the Governor's office by May 10, 2000. This gives us approximately two weeks. Of course, letters sent after May 10 will also be helpful, but the sooner we have the Governor's support the better because of the tight timeliness that have been established by the Supreme Court.

      The Americans with Disabilities Act showed a national commitment to the goal of equality for people with disabilities. We must demand that California make that commitment too. Thank you for joining us in this important effort.

      Please do not hesitate to call my assistant, Sara Tropea, or myself at the Legal Aid Society if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached at 415/ 864-8848 (voice) or 415/ 864-3273 (TDD). My e-mail is .

      Very truly yours,

      Guy B. Wallace


  • Access Board -- Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

    Board Policy to Promote Fragrance-Free Environments

    Get your letters, comments into the Access Board by May 15, 2000.
    (A 60-day extension was granted)

    Let the board know that the air is part of any building or transit conveyance and that you
    want clean air! FRAGRANCE and PESTICIDE-FREE air. That as the current standards
    read, your paths of travel are jeopardized, putting you in harm's way and denying you
    equal access under the law.

    To make your comments known, please contact the Access Board via email at,
    or via fax 202-272-5447 or via mail to: Access Board, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20004-1111

    To view some of the letters/comments to the Access Board from individuals
    living with MCS, please visit

      Access Board Meetings
    • Public Meetings were held . . .

        1. January 31, 2000, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Los Angeles, CA
        Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

        2. March 13, 2000, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Arlington, VA
        Arlington - Sheraton Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

  • Activist: How to become an (Sierra Club)

  • Boycotts via Enviroknow

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    "Please note that the Consumer Product Safety Commission does not have jurisdiction
    over products such as cars and other on-road vehicles, car seat performance in protecting
    children when riding in on-road vehicles, foods, drugs and medicines,
    cosmetics, and pesticides. "

    CPSC has not included deodorizers, air "fresheners," cleaning products, or fabric
    softeners, so write to CPSC about them. As Julia Kendall had informed us: "Emphasize
    central nervous system disorder symptoms. Allergic symptoms are not given
    priority in Commission investigations."
    -- barb

  • Dean Edell, MD

    RE: Edell's "Air Fresheners Really Air Polluters" at

    Note from barb: Air fresheners -- what a misnomer that is! -- are harmful,
    agrees, Edell. So when will he come to realize that perfumes and colognes are also
    harmful? Harmful secondhand, just like air fresheners. They contain toxic chemicals, just
    like air fresheners. Unlike air fresherners some people put these toxic chemicals
    right on their skin as personal care fragrance products, which allows them to go into the
    blood system to adipose (fatty) tissue and target organs. Of course, you can
    accomplish much the same by inhaling air "fresheners"

    As one encounters Multitudinous Chemical Substances, one suffers Many Chronic Symptoms.
    Mainstream doctors treat with drugs, which of course are adding even More Chemical
    Substances to the body. Hence, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is not difficult
    to fathom.

    And now we read from Edell that we don't have MCS. As he tells it: "You've
    just been mislabeled. You have diseases that we can treat pretty effectively, and you've
    let someone label you with a disease that you don't have. I urge you to run from
    people like that."

    Edell goes on to state: "It's not that you're a hypochondriac. It's a confusing conglomerate
    of malaise that we call somatization. It's related to phobias."

    If you, like me, had SOMETHING long before anyone could put a name to it and give
    you a clue as to what was going on with your body, write to Dean Edell and the
    station in your area that carries his outmoded opinion on MCS. They are likely
    to view that as increase ratings, but maybe if he hears often enough, he may learn --
    especially now that there is information readily available about the toxic chemicals in
    fragrance products -- personal care, as well as those for cleaning and maintenance.
    (See EHN petitions the FDA to declare Eternity "misbranded" at:

    For more of the Dean Edell statements adversely affecting those living with MCS, please
    see EHN's "Stuff Happens!" at

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  • EDFEnvironmental Defense Fund's Action Network

    EI Poll -- weekly poll (June 30, 1999): Is EI Real?


  • EPA: Food Quality Protection Act

  • Escalante House -- EI-SAFE HOUSING IN UTAH
    Visit for latest info:

    Deadline: March 31, 2000

    Escalante House, a nonprofit, non-religious organization, proposes
    to build a housing community for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
    The community will be virtually surrounded by the 1.7 million-acre Grand
    Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah at nearly 6,000 feet
    elevation. Individuals may build private, EI-safe homes on the property
    (a total of 325 acres). In addition, we hope to build a central complex to
    house apartments, a dining hall, a medical clinic, a meeting room, and
    staff offices. Camping will be an option in summer and fall.

    Two of our project directors have MCS. We have received a $20,000
    start-up grant. We are now conducting a survey to see if there is
    sufficient interest to warrant developing the community. Our questionnaire
    asks potential applicants what type of housing and services they need, and
    whether they need financial aid. If you would like to participate in our
    survey, or need more information, please contact us as soon as possible.

    Deadline: March 31, 2000.

    Escalante House
    P.O. Box 652
    Escalante UT 84726
    Phone/Fax: (435) 826-4778


  • FDA

    • Problem Reporting - including emergency and non-emergency reports


    • Eternity by Calvin Klein: EHN petitions the FDA to have Eternity declared "misbranded"

    • If your health is adversely affected by fragrance products
      used by you -- or others -- PLEASE inform:

      Mr. Lark Lambert (
      HFS FDA
      Office of Cosmetics and Colors
      Cosmetic Adverse Reaction Monitoring Program
      200 C St. SW
      Washington, DC 20204
      or phone or fax to:

      ph: 202/205-4706
      fax: 202/205-5098


      Charles Haynes (
      200 C Street, S.W.
      Washington, DC 20204

      or phone or fax to:
      phone: 202-205-4061
      fax: 202-205-5098

      And contact your local FDA office, per the FDA's instruction.

      There is no deadline to this project. Just please take the time to click on the email addresses of Mr. Lambert and Mr. Haynes and tell him about the fragrance products you are adversely affected by. Name products if you know them. Tell him about your reactions. This MUST be a group effort to be effective. -- barb

      From FDA's site: "Consumers experiencing an adverse reaction from a cosmetic should call their nearest FDA office (listed under the US Government section in the white pages) or call our Cosmetic Adverse Reaction Monitor (CARM) coordinator at 202-205-4706. "

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    Also, please take the time to visit EHN's Government Links page


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  • Federal Register (check this site regularly)

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  • Marin Beyond Pesticides
    See the logo, then order your yard signs and/or "T"-shirt

  • Medical Privacy: What Americans Need To Know About Medical Privacy Regulations
    Your private medical records will soon be an open file -- without your consent or knowledge.
    You have until February 17, 2000


  • The National Environmental Trust

  • National Forests-send a free e-postcard
    Quoting from their site:
      "Please take 30 seconds from your day to send
      a free e-postcard for the forests. Go to the web site

      "Heritage forests provide us with:
      • Hiking, Camping and Fishing;
      • Homes for Grizzly Bears & Bald Eagles;
      • Clean Drinking Water;
      • Most importantly, our forests are a priceless
        legacy we must protect for future generations.

      "But our National Forest roadless areas are
      threatened by logging, mining, and other
      destructive activities.

      "The Clinton-Gore Administration is deciding
      RIGHT NOW whether or not to allow logging and
      mining to continue in America's last
      unprotected wild forests."

  • National Toxicology Program
      Letters supporting study of Iso E Super

    • Betty Bridges, RN


    • James Coleman, PhD


    • Barbara Wilkie bw


  • Pesticides in Schools
    Support this bill!

    Progress in Medicine Foundation

  •    Latest info to help Dr. Sinaiko
    Progress in Medicine Foundation
    (AKA: The Medical Defense Fund)


    Also visit EHN's page on Dr. Sinaiko for more information



    The CMA (Calif. Medical Association -- the good guys!) asks you to support
    Senate Bill 1045 (, which will
    help Dr. Robert Sinaiko. Continue sending your letters supporting SB 1045
    ( to the senators listed at:

  • Medical Board of California (Not the good guys!)

  • Union of American Physicians and Dentists

    Dr. Sinaiko still needs our help! Keep those letters coming.




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  • Pure Food Campaign
    (Check this site often. Keep up with due dates for letters.)

  • Rebecca at Large!
    The campaign of Rebecca Kaplan for Oakland City Council "at-large" seat.
    Runoff in November 2000
    social justice - economic justice - environmental justice

  • Sense of Smell Day, 6TH Annual National
    (Last year this seemed to have been an advertising mechanism for the fragrance industry. imho -- barb)

  • San Mateo County -- Town Hall Meeting for a Sustainable

    May 5, 1999

    Introduce the concept of Indoor Air Quality! San Francisco did (

    Begins with intro at 8:30 a.m.; wraps up with a reception 5 - 7 p.m.

    Contact your senators and representatives before April 5, 2001.
    For more information, contact CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers) at Their website is

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  • Write Now!
    This has become a new section. Please visit Now!


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  • Outdated, yet still interesting information --


    • Consumer's Right to Know about Genetic engineering from Mothers for Natural Law
      "Consumer Right to Know—on to Washington in ’99 Campaign:"

      Sign the petition
      ( for
      mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods on the Mothers for Natural Law
      ( website.


    • EPA and Get the Lead Out
      has moved to:


    • EPA: Right to Know -- Public Comment 
      On January 5, 1999, the EPA issued a proposed rule to lower the
      reporting thresholds and to add certain persistent bioaccumulative
      toxic chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory. This proposed
      action will potentially increase reporting about the public's
      Chemical Right-to-Know by 25 percent.

      In response to several requests, the EPA is extending the comment
      period on this proposed rule by 30 days. The EPA has determined
      that extending the comment period is appropriate and that it will
      not cause a significant delay in the evaluation of the proposed
      rule. The comment period was scheduled to close on March 8, 1999;
      it will now close on April 7, 1999. Written comments must be received by the EPA on or before April 7, 1999.

      Comments may be submitted by mail, electronically,
      or in person. For further information contact
      Daniel R. Bushman
      Petitions Coordinator
      For specific information on the proposed rule or for
      more information Community Right-to-Know, contact the
      Environmental Protection Agency
      Mail Code 5101
      401 M St., SW.
      Washington, DC 20460.

      You may also call toll free: 1-800-535-0202
      and in Virginia and Alaska call: 703-412-9877 or
      call toll free TDD: 1-800-553-7672.

      Electronic copies of this document and the January 5, 1999,
      proposed rule can be obtained from the EPA Internet Home Page at On the Home Page select "Laws and Regulations" and then look up the entry for this document under the "Federal Register - Environmental Documents." You can also go directly to the "Federal Register" listings at:

    • EMR (ElectroMagnetic Radiation) --
      Conference, All day 9-4, Saturday April 10, 1999 at Westminsiter Church in Tiburon.

    • Write by May 18, 1999!
      FDA: Irradiation in the Production, Processing, and Handling of Food


    • The Interagency Workgourp's MCS Report has moved


    • Organic Watch Action Alert
      This link has been moved to:




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