City of Dover, New Hampshire: stop the use of unsafe chemicals on public land
Every infant born today carries a chemical body burden passed from mother to child during pregnancy. This burden will mostly grow throughout a lifetime of exposure to chemicals in food, air, water and everyday products.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measure pesticides and other chemicals in the bodies of Americans every few years. In the most recent study, CDC tested for 212 chemicals, including 44 pesticides — and found most of them. DDT breakdown products were found in 99% of Americans tested, though the chemical hasn't been widely used here since 1972.
Even in tiny doses, many chemicals can derail the delicate systems that control our development, health and reproduction. From conception through puberty, children are especially vulnerable.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics 'epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.'
Pesticides being used by Dover municipal contractors (2014 season*) on municipal turf, athletic fields, public parking and curbside areas are:
acelepryn - has replaced imidacloprid (a neonicotinoid) as the insecticide in use for grub control.
Products used by the Dover school system contractor on athletic fields, Bellamy fields 1, 2, and 3, Dunaway Baseball field, Dunaway Football field, Football practice field, Varsity Softball field, and Fiske Field include:
along fence lines:
* for more current information please see our website.
Alternative treatments and methods are being used in other local communities that are proven both safe and effective, without having to sacrifice aesthetics.
Dover should not delay in taking steps to live up to the guidelines set forth in the Sustainable Dover framework adopted in 2005:
"The City of Dover will utilize these four guidelines, endorsed by the Dover Energy Advisory Committee, based on the Natural Steps for Communities model, and approved by the American Planning Association, to help communities implement sustainable practices:
- 1. What we take does not build up in and harm nature or people. (Reduce dependence upon fossil fuels, and extracted underground metals and minerals.)
- 2. What we make does not build up and harm nature or people. (Reduce dependence on chemicals and other manufactured substances that can accumulate in nature.)
- 3. We protect natural systems from degradation. (Reduce dependence on activities that harm life-sustaining eco-systems.)
- 4. We support people to meet their own needs. (Meet the hierarchy of present and future human needs fairly and efficiently.)
These guidelines can assist city employees, elected officials and volunteer committees and boards in moving in a more sustainable direction in decision-making, policy development, and City planning."
CONTINUED PESTICIDE USE DOES NOT FIT INTO THIS FRAMEWORK. TELL DOVER TO START MAKING THE CHANGES NEEDED TO FULFILL THESE GOALS.
- City of Dover, New Hampshire
Please implement organic alternatives to pesticide use in our city in line with goals two and three in the Sustainable Dover framework, adopted in 2005. Progress has been made with the elimination of neonicotinoid use, and the two city owned turf sites being treated organically. Sustainability and public health needs to be a priority. The city should continue on this path until goals are met in full.
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