Change use of Roundup in The Bay Collection to a safer option on the NTN list.
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Dear Walters Management,
As residents of the Bay Collection, we deeply oppose the use of RoundUp and other toxic chemicals used for landscape maintenance or pest control in our community.
The dangerous effects of toxic chemicals are becoming increasingly prevalent in the news and with good reason.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "there is no safe level of pesticide exposure for children".
In addition, of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, 19 are linked with cancer or carcinogenicity, 13 are linked with birth defects, 21 with reproductive effects, 26 with liver or kidney damage, 15 with neurotoxicity, and 11 with disruption of the endocrine (hormonal) system. In March 2015, the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, probably causes cancer in humans.
Setting aside public health considerations, is our HOA prepared for the potential financial and legal liabilities related to distributing a known carcinogen within our community, particularly when this is to be done for purely cosmetic reasons?
Children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of these poisonous agents due to the fact that they are more active outside. Just this week there have been three lemonade stands on the RoundUp treated lawn strips. Additionally the elderly and immunosuppressed persons will be more vulnerable to the toxicity of these products.
We, the residents of the Bay Collection, ask that Walters Management employs a landscape company that uses non toxic and environmentally safe products when treating pests of any kind. We also ask that Walters Management vets the landscape company and its use of all chemical agents used for treatment in the common areas of our community.
We ask that the new treatment guidelines go into effect by October 1st, 2018 and that an addendum and outline of the new protocols be distributed to all Bay Collection residents prior. We also request the use of all RoundUp and related toxic products cease until then.
Lastly, safer pest control options and more information can be found on the Non Toxic Irvine site, of which many statistics contained in this petition are cited as well as further steps they have taken to ensure a safe and non toxic city. A link to these changes can be viewed below.
-The residents of the Bay Collection, Carlsbad, CA.
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