Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

Pesticide Lawsuit Reaches Settlement After District Supplements Their Application to Spray Chemical Pesticides

For Immediate Release (March 29, 2019)

Contact:
Shaina Kasper, shaina@toxicsaction.org, 802-223-4099
Wally Bailey, wallybailey1@outlook.com, 802-352-4231

[Champlain Valley, VT]— Toxics Action Center filed a settlement today with the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and a regional insect control spray district. The Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen- Pittsford Insect Control District (District) sprays toxic chemical pesticides to control mosquitoes from the backs of pick-up trucks on town roads — spraying homes, organic farms, forests, and waterways.

Last summer, Toxics Action Center challenged a state decision allowing the District to spray pesticides without evaluating the impact on water and wildlife. Under state law, this missing evaluation is mandated in order to reduce adverse impacts and use pesticides as a last resort.

Recently, the District submitted court filings that address these concerns and commit the District to following certain procedures before spraying. Toxics Action Center, the District, and the State agreed on a settlement that incorporates these commitments into the District’s original application.

“Our clients would not have brought this lawsuit had the District simply included the Supplemental Information in its original application,” says Shaina Kasper, the Vermont State Director of Toxics Action Center. “It is all about accountability. We’ll finally have the language to help ensure the District isn’t spraying controversial pesticides haphazardly throughout our members’ communities.”

“We still have a lot of concerns,” said Lesley Wright, a Toxics Action Center member and organic farmer from Leicester. “We need to address the impact of these pesticides – the residue they leave behind and the long-term effect on nervous systems—human and otherwise.”

“The District has a notorious history of non-compliance with the State and has acted as a rogue outfit for far too long,” said Wally Bailey, a member of Toxics Action Center and Salisbury resident. “Today is the first of many steps necessary to safeguard the health of the environment—and of everyone living within it.”

Toxics Action Center is represented by the Vermont Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.

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