Lúc 2:00pm ngày 22/5/2014, West Nile Virus Ad Hoc Committee đã họp khẩn với những viên chức cao cấp nhất của Agriculture and Environment Division, Santa Clara County, Calif để yêu cầu họ hủy bỏ việc phun thuốc đêm nay. Đây là thành phần tham dự:
- Jim Blamey, Director, Department of
- Joseph Deviney, Commissioner/Sealer, Agriculture & Environmental
- Amy Brown, Director, Agriculture and Environmental Management
West Nile Virus Ad Hoc Committee members:
- Hoa Vu
- Brandi Madison
- Dr. Keith Howe
- Nancy Pamello
- Kathryn Mathewson
- Ruth Cole
Sau đây là phần trình bày của Hòa Vũ:
Last month, on April 29, Vector Control District (VCD) sprayed on the Alviso area by airplane and it worried me tremendously. The pesticide spreads out of the area several dozen miles and I know for sure it will come to my residence in San Jose within a few days. The VCD also did not announce to us in advanced so that we did not evacuate from the area. It can affect our family’s health greatly. I realized they had already sprayed prior to making the announcement to the public when I listened to the KLIV 1590 AM station at noon. They did not mention the time they began. I got online to VCD website, and they had posted the news at 8:21am to inform the public while they started to spray at 8:00am.Hoa Vu, 05/22/14
I request you to notify us a week in advance so that we can prepare or evacuate from this area. Secondly, I request you to spray at midnight rather than during working hours because the pesticide will be absorbed by our bodies directly. I also request the use of vehicles instead of airplanes because spraying by airplanes will spread the poison very far. According to the research, it spreads out more than 10X compared to vehicle spraying.
Back in 2012, we evacuated twice and in 2013 we evacuated once when they sprayed in our area 95136 zip code. And after 1 to 2 weeks away in each evacuation, we still experienced bleeding noses and severe headaches when we came back.
Another problem, last year around the March time frame, VCD sprayed on zip code 95120 that covered Almaden Lake where our family went out for fresh air so that we had to go to the North side of the city to Kelly Park located on Senter Road.
About the May time frame, VCD sprayed on the King Road, Capitol Expressway & freeway 101 area. Even though it did not cover Kelly Park but until today, over 1 year later, each time we go to the park, we still experience headaches. That’s why we have to go to the West side of the county to Cupertino Community Park. Normally, I commute approx. 10 miles to work but I have to drive 18 miles to get fresh air from this park. This is a big problem for me but at least we still have a place to go. May I ask you to stop spraying so that we can survive. I have a family member who has multiple health challenges and needs to go out once a day for fresh air.
Last but not least, by looking at the spraying schedule for last year, it came to my attention that VCD focused on densely populated areas. I request you stop fogging pesticides in areas that have concentrations of ethnic minorities.Jim Blamey's business card
In response to our request, Jim Blamey was more cautious and less apt to change products and methods of spraying. He is relatively new to his job and is the highest officer of Vector Control District (over Russ Parman, acting-manager of VCD). Joseph Deviney was somewhat open to our suggestions and interested in research into more alternative pesticides. As a biologist he agreed to come across safer products. Amy Brown admitted to living in the zone that will be fogged tonight but she felt it was better to get poisoned than to risk a mosquito bite.========================================================
Một trong những xe đang phun thuốc muỗi West Nile Virus,
"xuống từng ngõ nghách trong khu vực nghi ngờ trải rộng 6.28
dặm vuông", theo lời Russ Parman, manager of Vector Control
District, Santa Clara County
Khi chúng tôi nghĩ đến việc thiết lập trang nhà này với mục đích giúp người dân hiểu về thảm họa thuốc rầy West Nile Virus và những chương trình giảm dân số của chính quyền liên bang. Và sau thời gian nghiên cứu, tìm hiểu và quan sát việc làm của Vector Control District Santa Clara County (sccvector.org), chúng tôi nhận thấy cơ quan này đã phun thuốc rầy một cách bừa bãi vào những khu đông dân nhất là dân thiểu số. Vì vậy chúng tôi tập họp một nhóm người lấy tên West Nile Virus Ad Hoc Committee gồm sáu thành viên đứng ra liên lạc với những viên chức cao cấp có thẩm quyền tại quận hạt để trình bày những tai họa gây ra cho chúng tôi và cộng đồng. Dưới đây là nội dung buổi họp:
West Nile Virus Ad Hoc Committee meeting with
Agriculture and Environment Division, Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Administration Bldg
San Jose, CA 95112
- Amy Brown, Director Agriculture and Environmental
Management- Joseph Deviney, Agricultural Commissioner/SealerAmy Brown & Joseph Deviney's business cards
West Nile Virus Ad Hoc Committee members present:
Nancy Jamello, Hoa Vu, Dr. Keith Howe, Prof. Cheriel Jensen,
Ruth Cole, Kathryn Mathewson
Nancy JamelloThe meeting began with Nancy Jamello introducing everyone. Nancy
spoke about her concerns for the contamination of our environment
with pesticides and the unknown effects when these pesticides are
used in combination. As an organic gardener she expressed her
concern that her gardens are being poisoned, along with her pets,
children, and families.
Hoa Vu & Kathryn MathewsonHoa Vu then spoke, explaining my concern for my community,Dr. Keith Howe
and the many Vietnamese citizens who had been affected by
agent orange, a deadly herbicide used on our country during
the Vietnam war. I shared personal family incidences of serious
health problems, and how these people are now more sensitized
and more susceptible to potentially deadly health consequences
for the indiscriminate use of pesticides being sprayed on our
homes during the night by Vector Control.I requested that the Vector Control District stop fogging
pesticides in areas that have high concentrations of ethnic
minorities.Dr. Keith Howe then spoke, explaining that he has been studying the
West Nile Virus and the pesticide “fogging” for over 5 years now.
Dr. Howe explained that although the West Nile virus is deadly to
crows, it is of almost no consequence to human beings. 80% of all
people infected with this virus have no symptoms and don’t even
know it. 20% have a small fever and flu-like symptoms, and less
than 1% have any serious consequences, such as encephalitis, or
increased pressure of the fluid around the brain. In almost all of
these latter cases, the patient is either very young (infants) or very
old, with other health compromising conditions (such as AIDS,
immunodeficiency, pneumonia, diabetes).Dr. Howe also pointed out that the West Nile Virus lab test itself
has a serious problem. The test was developed by running
contaminated tissue samples through a .22 micrometer filter.
The West Nile virus itself is only .04 micrometers. This means
that particles almost 6 times as large as the West Nile Virus were
able to pass through the filter and contaminate the filtrate that was
used to develop a test to identify the West Nile Virus. This is not
accurate science. Any of those other particles that passed through
the filter could be responsible for giving a positive test result, and
it is therefore inaccurate and useless.Prof. Cheriel Jensen (retired)
Cheriel Jensen introduced herself as a former Environmental Law
Professor at San Jose State University. She then
shared her experience of being poisoned at her work place.
She explained how there were a number
of employees that got seriously ill, many of whom died from brain
tumors, due the pesticides that were being sprayed in the building
without the employees being notified.She also discussed how the pesticides being sprayed by Vector
Control have killed all the mosquito fish in the creek that runs
through her property, along with the other insects, frogs, and birds.
She discussed how Vector Control (Russ Parman, Dave Rader, et al)
had ignored the legal requirement for a current and valid EIR
(Environmental Impact Report) and continued to spray the pesticides
in violation of the law. She also stated how she contacted the District
Attorney’s Office, and he refused to enforce the law and said that he
would contact the Health Department. She added that it is the D.A.’s
job to enforce the law and put violators in jail, but he refused to do
so, which she cannot understand.Dr. Howe told her that several years ago he had complained to the
D.A.’s office and was chuckled at, as he was told that he would have
to hire a private attorney as they (the D.A.) do not enforce the law
against fellow county employees. Clearly the D.A.’s office is not
doing it’s job, or worse yet, is aiding/abetting this criminal spraying
of our communities with deadly pesticides.Prof. Jensen further discussed that more law-suits and criminal
charges are in the process of being drawn up, however, she has been
interrupted so many times this year by the pesticide sprayings
by Vector Control that she has had a difficult time getting it done.
She has to leave town for up to a week each time the pesticides
are sprayed to avoid potentially life-threatening consequences.
We are hoping to have the papers ready to file soon, in the
Superior Court, to bring criminal charges to the perpetrators
and a stop to the pesticide “fogging”.
Ruth ColeRuth Cole then spoke up about an article in today’s Mercury News
Letter that explains how so many people are being poisoned and
rendered infertile because of all the chemical pollutants in our
environment. She recalled the malathion being sprayed by
helicopters in the 1980’s and said this is criminal and needs
to stop. It is harming the people, the animals, the bees, the
insects, the birds, and the people and entire environment.
She stated it is madness and needs to stop!
Kathryn MathewsonKathryn Mathewson concluded the meeting by giving her credentials
as a biologist and environmental ecologist who comes from a family
history of farmers and agriculturalist. She explained how Vector
Control is out of control, and the government agencies keep blaming
each other for who is in control, and therefore responsible for the
spraying of the pesticides.She also explained that we are looking too much towards technology
to solve our agricultural problems when we need to back-track to
proven natural methods where healthy soil organisms with give us
a healthier food supply and environment by keeping nature in balance.The meeting concluded with Nancy Jamello thanking Amy Brown and
Joseph Deviney of the Agricultural Department for agreeing to meet
with us and discuss this important issue. They were very attentive and
interested in what we had to say.
Một trong những xe đang phun thuốc rầy xuống San Jose