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 Many links and references will be out of date but Barb's research holds up over time.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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This page will grow with the help of our readers. If you learn of a problem, or even better yet, problem and a solution, please let EHN know. We will do our best to add to this page in a timely fashion. --barb


AB 3223 - CA Indoor Air Pollution | ADA | AllerCare

Berkeley meeting language | Bioengineered Foods

Death by hexamethonium? | Death by perfume! | DigiScents

Employment discrimination | Fragrances Are Toxic | GWSS | Housing

National Fragrance Week | Organophosphate pesticides

Pesticide Spraying | Pesticiding Residence

Purell | Scams and Hoaxes | Spritzing Air Polluters | Vanceril Recalled




AB 3223

May 2002

California's Assembly Member Fred Keeley's AB 3223 on Indoor Air Pollution
Click this link to automatically fax a pre-written letter of support to your own Assembly Member. -- barb


  • ALA More Info and Sample Letter available here
    "Support Clean Indoor Air Quality!

    "Your help is needed to support AB 2332 (Keeley)! AB 2332 (Keeley) would
    establish clear regulatory authority for the California Air Resources Board
    (CARB)to control emissions from indoor air pollution sources. According to
    state estimates, indoor air pollution sources are responsible for about 200 excess
    cancer cases per year. Indoor air pollution sources have also been linked to
    asthma attacks and other respiratory conditions. Although individuals can be
    exposed to higher levels of air contaminants in indoor air than in outdoor air,
    CARB has no regulatory authority to address this public health problem. ..."
    "Background Information

    "While State air quality programs have focused almost exclusively on outdoor air
    pollution sources, indoor air quality has become an issue of increasing concern
    to the public health community.

    "Indoor pollution sources emit gases and particles known to cause cancer, heart and
    lung disease, and immediate health effects such as asthma attacks and respiratory
    irritation. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of indoor pollutants because
    they are still growing and developing, and because they are more highly exposed to
    some pollutants than are adults.

    "The federal EPA has determined that indoor air concentrations of many pollutants are
    2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels, and sometimes many times higher. Despite
    the growing body of information and concern about indoor air pollution exposures,
    no state agency has explicit authority to regulate indoor sources of pollutants
    that contribute to poor indoor air quality.

    "Indoor pollution sources include: building materials and furnishings, pressed wood
    products, solvents, glues, finishing materials and coatings, cleaning agents and
    combustion appliances. The pollutants of concern for indoor air pollution are the same
    pollutants that are already regulated as ambient air pollutants or toxic air contaminants
    in outdoor air. They include volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, nitrogen
    oxide, benzene, respirable particles, and carbon monoxide.

    "AB 2332 (Keeley) would address this gap in agency authority by establishing for the
    first time, clear regulatory authority for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to
    regulate indoor air quality. It would also require CARB to determine priorities for
    regulatory action based on the health hazards of individual pollutants."

    Please, write in support of this bill. . . . the sooner the better for your letter. -- barb

  • AB 3223 Assembly Member Fred Keeley - 27th Assembly District
    Please, write in support of this bill. 5/15/02 . . . the sooner the better for your letter. -- barb



      Capitol Office:
      State Capitol
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 319-2027 (tel)
      (916) 319-2127 (fax)



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



Death by hexamethonium?

web posted: April 2002
IRB e-mail of July 3, 2001
Subject: Alert from OHRP: Research studies using hexamethonium

The Office for Human Research Protections would like to alert Institutions and
their Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to a death of a healthy research subject
following the inhalation of hexamethonium as part of a research protocol. Please
note that at the present time the death of the subject has not been directly linked
to the inhalation of the test agent. IRBs should re-assess protocols involving
inhalation of hexamethonium and, if necessary, consider temporarily suspending
the research in light of this event.

Death by perfume!

Washington Post
Saturday, March 16, 2002; Page B

Samantha Snyder Turner

Nurse Practitioner

Samantha Turner, 52, a nurse practitioner who specialized in obstetrics and
gynecology for the Kaiser Permanente HMO in Reston, died Feb. 28 at Inova
Fairfax Hospital. She died of complications from an allergic reaction to


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



Caveat Emptor


I feel it is up to each of us to stay alert to the dangers in the products that we welcome into our lives
and the lives of our loved ones . . . especially our children, our elderly and those already living
with chronic illness.

Note: There are several pages I turn to regularly:

Problem: 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.

Action: "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." -- Guy B. Wallace, Legal Aid Society (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

Write letters by May 10, 2000 to:
Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

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

"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."

Problem: AllerCare products recalled
due to asthma and respiratory problems
(fragrance created health problems!)

Action: Release -- Jan. 14, 2000
"Retail stores and pharmacies have been asked to remove these two
products from their store shelves and return unsold product to
SC Johnson."

Problem: Vanceril, an inhaled prescription medication for asthma
because some of the canisters may not contain active drug ...

Action: Recalled by "Schering-Plough Corp. ... five batches of Vanceril ...

Vanceril 84 mcg double strength inhalation aerosol convenience packs." The lot numbers are: 9-DMT-157, 9-DMT-158, 9-DMT-160, 9-DMT-161 and 9-DMT-163. They were distributed in November and have an expiration date of July 2000. Patients may return recalled inhalers to the drugstore of purchase for a free replacement, and may call 1-800-621-9760 for more information."

Source: Associated Press; Dec. 2 by way of the AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION; EASY/ASTHMA DIGEST; December 1999; Volume IV, Issue 11

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Problem: Bioengineered Foods

Action: Inform the FDA until January 13, 2000!

As stated in MCS Health & Environment (thanks to Lynn Lawson and her troopers, Marianne Williams and Miriam Stein):

"Send your opinion about tomatoes with flounder genes, Brazil nuts in soybeans and the fact that the growing number of bioengineered foods in our supermarkets are not being so labeled to:

    Dockets Management Branch (HFA -305)
    Food and Drug Administration
    5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
    Rockville, MD 20852
"Comments must be received by January 13, 2000 and "Docket no. 99n-4282" must be on the subject line of the first page of your letter (be sure to send two copies). Or, if you are online, you can send your comments via"

Note from barb: Under Dockets, select second option: "(Submit Electronic Comments to 99N-4282 Biotechnology in the Year 2000 and Beyond; Public Meetings)." This will lead you out to a series of forms.

Also see Food Safety Now

Other information available from EHN's General Links, Genetic Engineering at

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Problem: DigiScentsTM
"DigiScentsÅis an interactive media company that enables lifelike and memorable experiences through the digitization and broadcast of scent."


Action: Become your own activist!

Inform your co-workers and management of the fact that fragrances are volatile organic compounds (see NIEHS' "Common Indoor Air Pollutants" at Why should a workplace want to further pollute indoor air with petrochemical products?

Additionally, inform management that fragrances are recognized as triggers of asthma by many notable organizations. See Avoid Fragrances at

And, should your management begin to understand the troika: indoor air pollution, staff health and access for the already acknowledged chemically injured -- and they wish to seek guidelines -- please lead them to the information available on fragrance-free policies at:

Of course, from EHN's homepage you can also link out to the works of Betty Bridges, RN and Julia Kendall. Avail yourself of the information on EHN's site and the other sites to which you can link from EHN.

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Problem: Pesticide Spraying

Action: Inform R.K. Simon, Ph.D. Environmental & Toxicology International.

For detailed information, please visit Environmental & Toxicology International or

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Problem: Organophosphate pesticides used in mosquite control

Action: WRITE to the EPA!

EPA comment period Oct. 13, 1999 - Jan.11, 2000

Office of Pesticide Programs
Communications Services Branch
September 23, 1999

Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for Mosquito-Control Organophosphate Pesticides

On October 13, the Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) will host a meeting for stakeholders at the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort in Orlando, Florida. EPA and USDA officials have been invited to discuss the Agency's revised risk assessments for three organophosphate (OP) pesticides used widely for mosquito control - fenthion, naled, and temephos. The OP pesticides, which are EPA's highest priority for reregistration and tolerance reassessment, are being evaluated through a pilot process that is intended to provide ample opportunity for stakeholder involvement and public participation.

At the FMCA stakeholder meeting, EPA will explain the scientific basis for the Agency's revised human health and ecological risk assessments for the mosquito control uses of fenthion, naled, and temephos. Similar in format to the technical briefings that EPA has held in recent months for several other OPs, the FMCA meeting will offer stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions about the data, information, and methods that EPA used in revising the preliminary risk assessments for these pesticides. The meeting also will provide a forum to begin discussion of risk management ideas and proposals.

Prior to the meeting, EPA will release the revised risk assessments, as well as plain- English summaries, for fenthion, naled, and temephos. At that time, the three pesticides will begin Phase V of the OP public participation process, a 60-day petdod during which interested parties have the opportunitY to formally submit risk management ideas and risk.

Management proposals.- EPA will place the revised risk assessments and related documents in the Pesticide Docket for public viewing (703-305-5805), post them on its web site at and publish a Federal Register notice (to be posted at http://www.

EPA Website: Organophosphate Pesticide Tolerance Reassessment and Reregistration

The stakeholder meeting will begin at 9:00 am in the Amelia Room of the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort, which is located near the Orlando airport at 6515 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, (407-351-3500).

For additional information about the FMCA stakeholder meeting, contact George Wichterman of FMCA and the Lee County Mosquito Control District (941-694-2174).

The EPA contacts for further information about the three chemicals are:

fenthion--Beth Edwards (703-305-5400);

naled--Tom Myers (703-308-8589);

and temephos--Margaret Rice (703-308-8039).


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Problem: National Fragrance Week
(Oct. 31 - Nov. 7, 1999)


First, visit where you can read,

" '7th Annual National Fragrance Week'
'National Fragrance Week is celebrated during the first week of November (October 30th - November 7th) as a pre-Christmas 'jump-start.' It has been conceived to create an even greater awareness and enjoyment of fragrance across the country at this critical time of year. The theme for 1999: 'Celebrating 50 Years of Fragrance in America'."
Then, write to the Food and Drug Administration, to the Environmental Protection Agency, to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Equal Employment Oportunity Commission and Fair Employment and Housing ... and inform those in authority in your workplace, school, healthcare facility, city governments, etc. Let these folks know that fragrances are volatile organic compounds, which pollute the air for all and deny access to far too many.

Contact info: CPSC: ("This can be used for inquiries about product recalls or to report potential product hazards.")

There is no email contact available; to be automatically connected to the office nearest you, call:
Phone: 1-800-669-4000
TDD: 1-800-669-6820
Or, go to this page for the office nearest you

Public Access:

To support EHN's petition, reference Docket Number: 99P-1340/CP 1:

To inform FDA staff of non fragrance user, secondhand, reactions, write:
Mr. Lark Lambert and
Mr. Charles Haynes

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Problem: Employment discrimination

Action: Contact Fair Employment and Housing in your state, or your local area.

Info sent in by Liz Wilkie, learned while attending a seminar for Human Resources

Officers: "The FEHA (Fair Employment and Housing Act) definition of disability does not require that the condition "substantially limit" a major life activity. As described in a seminar for Human Resource managers during a discussion concerning ADA and FEHA, the life activities include: walking, standing, lifting, thinking, concentrating, reading, interacting with others, speaking, performing manual tasks, breathing, etc. (Emphasis added. See FEHA for the entire list.

By contrast, ADA states that a mental or physical impairment must "substantially" limit a major life activity.

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Problem: Scams and Hoaxes


Click into EHN's links out to the latest word on hoaxes and scams.



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Problem: Housing


Check EHN's page on housing for valuable links out,
especially the one to Cyndi Norman's site, Immune.

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Problem: Purell Used by Food Handlers

It has come to our attention that Whole Foods (Bread & Circus on East Coast) uses Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer at the checkout stand. So if you also have reactions at the checkout counter, it may be due to Purell, which is used before handling your organic produce. The rationale is they've handled meat products for the customer before.

    Note: MSDS links available from The following information is pulled from Aldrich MSDS, unless otherwise indicated. (

    Purell contains (
  • Active ingredient:
    Ethyl Alcohol 62%
  • Other ingredients:
    Isopropyl Alcohol,


    Tocopheryl Acetate,
      From Cornell PDC, Company GoJo: http://MSDS.PDC.CORNELL.EDU/scripts/issearch/MSDSsrch.idq
      Route Of Entry - Inhalation: NO
      Route Of Entry - Skin: YES
      Route Of Entry - Ingestion: NO
      Health Haz Acute And Chronic: MAY CAUSE EYE IRRITATION.
      Carcinogenicity - NTP: NO
      Carcinogenicity - IARC: NO
      Carcinogenicity - OSHA: NO
      Explanation Carcinogenicity: NOT RELEVANT
      Signs/Symptoms Of Overexp: SEE HEALTH HAZARDS.
      Med Cond Aggravated By Exp: NONE KNOWN.



    Propylene Glycol,

    Isopropyl Myristate

    and Fragrance.

    "Fragrance" is anyone's guess. Any number of chemicals from tens to hundreds of about 5,000 chemicals. You are not allowed to know the chemical make-up of fragrances in products, therefore you cannot look up the MSDS concerning those chemicals. There outta be a law! -- barb


  • "PURELL contains the AQUELL Moisturizing System [] which is a unique blend of ingredients that helps moisturize hands to leave them feeling soft and smooth. "

    And who knows what is in Aquell? Not I. And not Aldrich! Ask Purell, And if Purell advertising takes off, we will be encountering it everywhere. See "Who Uses It? at -- barb


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Problem: Fragrances Are Toxic

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not carried out its mandate to demand warning labels on fragrances that are released to market without adequate testing.

Action: Write to the FDA! ( The docket remains open until FDA rules, per official notice from FDA December 1999):

Read the information about the petition, including analyses from two labs (

If you know the history of adverse effects upon health, families, careers . . . then just get on with writing your letter to the FDA.

You may copy the sample letter, adding your list of symptoms suffered as well as what has happened to you in health care facilities, socially, in school, at work ... because of the use of fragrance products. (See Sample Letter at

FDA Contact Information

All letters supporting EHN's petition must contain:

Docket Number: 99P-1340/CP 1
Petition FDA to declare Calvin Klein's Eternity eau de parfum "misbranded"

Letters may be mailed to:

Dockets Management Branch
The Food and Drug Administration
Department of Health and Human Services, Rm. 1-23
12420 Parklawn Dr.
Rockville, MD 20857

Letters may also be faxed or e-mailed to FDA:

FAX Number -- 301.827.6870

Email Address --



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Problem: Spritzing Air Polluters

Whole Foods, Mill Valley & Palo Alto -- Air Fresheners in the restrooms. And according to the report received, it seemed as if the freshener was spritzed as the Mill Valley men's room was used.

For additional info on the danagers of automatic fragrance, disinfectant and pesticide spraying
devices, see EHN's pages A, Automatic dispensersd and
S, Spritzing

Action (pending):

I've calls into the store to speak with the manager . . .

What I have learned is that to use toxic air fresheners in the restrooms is a "local" decision. So, if you discover that your store uses those toxic chemical products, please inform the manager that EVEN Dr. Dean Edell says:


    "... First of all, researchers say what air fresheners don't do, is improve air
    quality. In fact, fresheners don't even make odors disappear, they just make the
    nose less sensitive to bad smells by masking one smell with the other.

    "But since they do this by releasing a host of potent organic chemicals, some environmental scientists say, most air fresheners are polluters, not improvers. ..."

In the meantime, you may be interested to read this: " Takes Cause Marketing Online" at and then make a visit to Whole Foods via Please email them and begin their education process.

One foresightful woman Work continues on this situation. Please check back.

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Problem: Pesticiding Residence

Do you know anything about what the law is in California regarding notifying tenants (MCS in particular) regarding an upcoming pesticide spraying of the apartment grounds? My old manager used to notify all of us by placing a notice on our doorknob. Since our new manager was hired, he has refused to do this saying that it is too much work. Instead, he posts a notice in the mailroom a few days before the Dursban spraying takes place (about 4 times a year). My position is that this is insufficient notice because people (like me) don't go to the mailroom every day. ...


Provided by the individual with the problem!

Mid-Peninsula Citizens for Fair Housing in Mountain View . . . Because I am considered a disabled person, I am covered under the Fair Housing Act and the ADA, and therefore the property owner and manager must comply with the "reasonable accommodation" aspects of these laws.

The person I talked with didn't mention any other laws regarding "notice" or "limitations" regarding spraying with pesticides, and I got from our conversation that there is none in this area. However, she is going to call the manager and tell him the law regarding accommodating me and the other MCS person who lives here with proper notice when they are spraying pesticides or otherwise doing "odorous" work around the complex.



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