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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
California's Assembly Member Fred Keeley's AB 3223 on Indoor Air Pollution
EHN's Letter in response to the GWSS DEIR
Department of Pesticide Regulation
"SEVIN (Carbaryl) - TRADE OR OTHER NAMES: Product names include Carbamine, Denapon, Dicarbam, Hexavin, Karbaspray, Nac, Ravyon, Septene, Sevin, Tercyl, Tricarnam, and Union Carbide 7744. ... "
E X T O X N E T:
Letter: Groups oppose pesticide spraying to combat GWSS
My two bits' worth:
Friday, May 17, 2002 deadline for public comment on GWSS DEIR (Glassy Winged Sharpshooter Draft Environmental Impact Review)
From No Spray Network http://www.freestone.com/nospray/...
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 www.freestone.com/nospray . For details on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) go to http://ceres.ca.gov/topic/env_law/ceqa/guidelines/
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.
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
[Please also write to Gov. Gray Davis:
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 email@example.com
Governor Gray Davis Phone: 916-445-2841; Fax: 916-445-4633; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.dontspraycalifornia.org/gwss/index.htm You can learn a little more about the GWSS on her page of Current Activities at http://www.noacceptablerisk.com/Current_Activities/current_activities.html
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 -- http://www.freestone.com/nospray/pesthealtheffects.html 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 http://www.dontspraycalifornia.org/ and their page, which specifically covers the GWSS -- http://www.dontspraycalifornia.org/gwss/index.htm
Steve Tvedten -- Safe2Use -- writes, on his page, Citizens can make a difference -- http://www.safe2use.com/ca-ipm/01-04-01.htm
"CEQA [The California Environmental Quality Act -- http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/] 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 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 http://www.governor.ca.gov/state/govsite/gov_homepage.jsp) --
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.
Dear CDFA :
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.
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.
SR. Environmental Planner
Department of General Services
Real Estate Services Division
Professional Services Branch
PO Box 98952
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9057
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
Bat Conservation International http://www.batcon.org/
For more info on bats, see EHN's General Links, page B / Bats
Now read: Hooked on Poison: Pesticide Use in California 1991-1998
Steve Tvedten's CD, The Best Control
web posted: April 2002
IRB e-mail of July 3, 2001
Subject: Alert from OHRP: Research studies using hexamethonium
ALERT FOR IRBs /INVESTIGATORS THAT CONDUCT BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
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!
Saturday, March 16, 2002; Page B
Samantha Snyder Turner
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:
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
CITIZENS WITH CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES, WE ASK THAT YOU REFRAIN FROM
WEARING SCENTED PRODUCTS."
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 - http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/faq/indoor.htm)
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
"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.
feel free to e-mail "David Ames" email@example.com or call me at 413.259.1214."
"Smoking is not allowed, and the Council has asked for people to
refrain from wearing scented products to the meetings."Ý
I look forward to seeing this message on meeting notices and agendas.
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:
- EPA's Pesticide Product Recalls
- FDA News
- Medline Plus Drug Information - click on "side effects"
- SafetyAlerts.com - Recent News and Alerts
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
- Questions & Answers - AllerCareÅ Product Recall
2006--Currently available through The WayBack Machine
- Occupational & Environmental Medicine for Clinicians & Public
by Betty Bridges, RN
Subject: AllerCare Products recalled due to fragrance
Dust mite spray, powder recalled
WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters)
"S.C. Johnson said that it believed the fragrance of its dust mite spray and powder
was to blame for the allergic reactions in consumers. "
2006--No longer available.
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
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
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.
"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 http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/faq/indoor.htm. 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 http://ehnca.org/www/ehnlinx/a.htm#AVOID.
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: http://ehnca.org/www/ehnlinx/f.htm#Fragrance-free
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.
Problem: Pesticide Spraying
Action: Inform R.K. Simon, Ph.D. Environmental & Toxicology International.
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 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/status.htm and publish a Federal Register notice (to be posted at http://www. epa.gov/fedrgstr/
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).
Problem: National Fragrance Week
(Oct. 31 - Nov. 7, 1999)
http://www.jasmin.com/news.htm where you can read,
" '7th Annual National Fragrance Week'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.
'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'."
Contact info: CPSC: firstname.lastname@example.org ("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:
Or, go to this page for the office nearest you http://www.eeoc.gov/teledir.html
Public Access: Public-Access@epamail.epa.gov
To support EHN's petition, reference Docket Number: 99P-1340/CP 1: email@example.com
To inform FDA staff of non fragrance user, secondhand, reactions, write:
Mr. Lark Lambert LZL@cfsan.fda.gov and
Mr. Charles Haynes CRH@cfsan.fda.gov
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.
Problem: Scams and Hoaxes
Click into EHN's links out to the latest word on hoaxes and scams.
Check EHN's page on housing for valuable links out,
especially the one to Cyndi Norman's site, Immune.
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 http://ehnca.org/www/ehnlinx/m.htm#MSDS The following information is pulled from Aldrich MSDS, unless otherwise indicated. (https://www.sigma-aldrich.com/SAWS.nsf/Pages/Aldrich?EditDocument).
- Active ingredient:
Ethyl Alcohol 62%
IRRITATING TO EYES, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND SKIN.
- Other ingredients:
IRRITATING TO EYES, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND SKIN.
RISK OF SERIOUS DAMAGE TO EYES.
I couldn't locate anything under parent company's name, GoJo, but Cornell PDC did have four pages of information , http://MSDS.PDC.CORNELL.EDU/scripts/issearch/MSDSsrch.idq
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.
TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION: NO ACUTE TOXIC EFFECTS EXPECTED BY INHALATION, INGESTION OR CONTACT DURING ANTICIPATED HANDLING AND USAGE.
NO LONG TERM CHRONIC EFFECTS.
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.
Emergency/First Aid Proc: INHAL: REMOVE TO FRESH AIR. SUPPORT BREATHING (GIVE OXYGEN/ARTF RESP) (FP N). SKIN: FLUSH W/COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF WATER.
CALL MD (FP N). EYES: FLUSH IMMED & THOROUGHLY W/WATER FOR AT LEAST 15 DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. IF VOMITING OCCURS, LOWER PERSON'S HEAD BELOW KNEES TO AVOID ASPIRATION. CONTACT MD OR POISON CONTROL CENTER.
IRRITATING TO EYES AND SKIN.
IRRITATING TO EYES
IRRITATING TO EYES, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND SKIN.
"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 [http://www.purell.com/faq/#ingredients] 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, http://www.purell.com/contact/ And if Purell advertising takes off, we will be encountering it everywhere. See "Who Uses It? at http://www.purell.com/about/who.html -- barb
Purell contains (http://www.purell.com/faq/):
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 (http://ehnca.org/www/FDApetition/bkgrinfo.htm).
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 http://ehnca.org/www/FDApetition/sampletr.htm#SAMPLE_LETTER.)
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:
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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
S, Spritzing http://ehnca.org/www/ehnlinx/s.htm#Spritzing
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: "WholeFoods.com Takes Cause Marketing Online" at http://news.excite.com/news/pr/990615/tx-wholefoods-com and then make a visit to Whole Foods via http://www.WholeFoods.com. Please email them and begin their education process. email@example.com
One foresightful woman Work continues on this situation. Please check back.
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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