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Lawyers wanted to declare a stae of emergency in NJ for gypsy moths (?) ;( It could be this easy to do!

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Lawyers wanted to declare a stae of emergency in NJ for gypsy moths (?) ;( It could be this easy to do!
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Haines, Addiego & Rudder Ask Corzine To Declare State Of Emergency To Control Gypsy Moth Infestation
By wmurray - March 11, 2008 - 2:36pm
Release Date: Mar 11 2008
Haines, Addiego & Rudder Ask Corzine To Declare State Of Emergency To Control Gypsy Moth Infestation

Senator Philip Haines, Assemblywoman Dawn Addiego and Assemblyman Scott Rudder, all (R-Burlington), sent a letter to Governor Corzine asking that he declare a state of emergency to control an anticipated gypsy moth infestation this year. The letter asks that the governor provide local cities and towns the tools they need to combat this year’s anticipated gypsy moth infestation. The letter is attached.

"The State’s lack of action has clearly placed our towns and residents in harms way," stated Haines. "This year, gypsy moths are expected to defoliate nearly 600 thousand acres, killing 45 thousand trees. This amount of damage would exponentially increase the risk of runaway wildfires.

"The fire risk caused by large stands of dead trees could dwarf the fires we witnessed last year," Addiego continued. "For once we have an opportunity to avert a catastrophe instead of cleaning up the mess. These fires will endanger lives and property throughout our State. The Governor needs to act!"

The 2007 fire at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range burned nearly 18, 000 acres. Additionally, four homes were destroyed and 6, 000 people were forced to flee. Some estimates put damages at more than $200 million.

"The Governor’s proposed aid cuts combined with an already reduced state spraying program have created a burden for our towns that they cannot and should not have to handle. Governor Corzine should declare a state of emergency so that the affected towns are able to deal with this infestation swiftly and economically," Rudder concluded.
Dear Governor Corzine,

We are writing to you on behalf of our constituents to ask you to issue an emergency executive order to address the gypsy moth infestation problem in the State. It is our understanding that you may declare a state of emergency under N.J.S.A App. A:9-33.1, more commonly referred to as the "Disaster Control Act".

The purpose of the act is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State and to aid in the prevention of damage to and the destruction of property during any emergency. The act authorizes you to control the resources of the State government and every political subdivision thereof as may be necessary to cope with any condition that arises out of the emergency. (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33)

The term "emergency" as defined by N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33.1, includes disasters. A disaster is defined as "any unusual incident resulting from natural or unnatural causes which endangers the health, safety or resources of the residents of one or more municipalities of the State, and which is or may become too large in scope or unusual in type to be handled in its entirety by regular municipal operating services." The Governor is given the authority to issue an emergency order in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as well as to prevent loss or destruction of property.

As we are sure you are already aware, New Jersey is facing a gypsy moth infestation that will devastate hundreds of acres of trees throughout our State. There can be no doubt that if the state continues on its current path of inaction, the citizens of this state can by all estimates expect severe damage that will present a hazard to the public’s health, safety and welfare due to the increased risk of forest fire as well as cause damage to property and property values and jeopardize the state’s resources.

Already, the Department of Agriculture has estimated that last year’s outbreak caused the defoliation of nearly 320, 000 acres of residential and forested lands, marking that the highest amount of acreage defoliated since 1990. Estimates for 2008 expect up 600, 000 acres to be defoliated, with 45000 acres of trees killed outright.

These devastating estimates combined with an already reduced state spraying program and your proposed cuts in municipal aid have created a burden that clearly is too large in scope for our towns to handle "in its entirety by regular municipal operating services (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33)."

We respectfully request that you declare a state of emergency to combat the State’s gypsy moth infestation by issuing an executive order that provides municipalities with the regulatory and administrative tools necessary to protect the public and prevent the risk of destruction to life or property.


Phil Haines Dawn Marie Addiego Scott Rudder

Senator Assemblywoman Assemblyman

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A Good Decision By DEP -

Ban on Aerial Spraying of Broad Spectrum Pesticide Dimilin Remains in Effect

In January, NJEL received an alert from the New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF) about the NJ Department of Agriculture's request that the Department of Environmental Protection allow aerial spraying of the pesticide Dimilin on 6,000 acres of state land and 27,000 acres in 22 municipalities, including residential areas. For over two decades, DEP banned aerial spraying of broad spectrum pesticides on non-agricultural land. The Department of Agriculture applied to DEP for a waiver in order to control gypsy moths in NJ state forests and private lands. For many years, the natural pesticide Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) was safely used to control gypsy moth caterpillars, which eat the leaves of oak trees and some other hardwoods.
Ironically, the Dept. of Agriculture made the request in response to observations by the NJ Forest Service, a division of DEP. The Service reported larger than expected gypsy moth egg masses in the forest canopy, leading to the conclusion that Bt is ineffective, even though it has been used successfully for years. When conditions are favorable to the moth populations, Bt must sometimes be applied twice, however.
The decision to spray municipal and private property rests with the town. The costs are also borne by the town. A number of environmentalists took issue with the Department of Agriculture's conclusion about the necessity for using Dimilin as well as the way the choice was presented to local jurisdictions. An observer at one public meeting reported that although no definitive cost comparison was made, it was strongly implied to local officials that a single Dimilin application would be cheaper than two applications of Bt. No cost was assigned to the effects on human health or to the toxic effects on aquatic organisms and beneficial insects. For cash-deprived towns, whose employees and officials may not be educated about forest management and toxins, Dimilin sounds good.
The window of opportunity for public notification and action was also narrow. "Two dry springs" were cited as creating conditions favorable to higher caterpillar populations, but by the time the proposal to use Dimilin was made public, municipal officials had a limited amount of time to make a choice in time for the 2007 growing season.
As with many substances that are deemed "safe" by the US EPA, all of the effects of Dimilin are not understood. However, with information from the Environmental Federation's expert, Jane Nogaki, and research of literature by NJEL volunteers found that Dimilin:
- takes months to break down
- has been shown to change the foraging and migrating habits of aerial species
- has been identified as a possible human carcinogen.
- kills other species that perform natural pest control, such as ladybugs, praying mantids, and butterflies
- decreases oxygen levels in the blood of humans and is an endocrine disruptor, capable of decreasing testosterone.
NJEL believes that the Forest Service took a narrow view of the problem and the solution. Some research indicates that use of Dimilin may prolong infestations. The focus on the forest canopy ignores the effects of broad spectrum pesticides on the forest floor and also ignores evidence that some defoliation of the canopy is beneficial, allowing an increase in sunlight penetration to understory vegetation. Contrary to popular belief, an attack by caterpillars usually does not kill a tree. Much of the concern about gypsy moths is aesthetic and that is not a justification for exposing the public to toxins.
NJEL sent Gov. Corzine a letter that cited the above and requested that there be no waiver for aerial spraying of Dimilin.
We are pleased that on January 29, DEP denied the waiver. DEP stated that the "case for Bt being ineffective was not made. . ." and that "the department cannot categorize the estimated gypsy moth problem for 2007 as an 'environmental emergency'."
NJEL applauds Jane Nogaki and the Environmental Federation for quickly marshalling its members and other environmental organizations to prevent the unnecessary exposure of New Jersey's residents to toxins.
NJEL also applauds DEP for making a decision that puts the health of New Jersey's residents and ecosystem first. Unfortunately, after DEP's decision, public comments by some municipal officials show that additional public education about chemical pesticides is needed. The disappointment expressed by some indicate that they do not understand the negative effects and long term costs of a seemingly quick solution.
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Re: Lawyers wanted to declare a stae of emergency in NJ for gypsy moths (?) ;( It could be this easy to do!
Above post did not includemy ID again.

To my understanding, there is still a spraying program going on, and it's supposed to be the same as California!

Two points here.

TPTB are willing to expose people to toxins that are known to be extremely dangerous to humans and wildlife(as well as foliage).

But equally as important, they could declare a state of emergency over something like this.

Scary thought that the fear of destructon from Gypsy Moths could usher in Martial Law ;(! hiding
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“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions;the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences-Proverbs22:3

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Re: Lawyers wanted to declare a stae of emergency in NJ for gypsy moths (?) ;( It could be this easy to do!
I NY this has happened a lot. I watched my dad actually cry trying to save his white birch trees, he spent money and time, and hired guys but they still all died.

Wasn't much that ever made him cry. But seeing it made me remember.
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Re: Lawyers wanted to declare a stae of emergency in NJ for gypsy moths (?) ;( It could be this easy to do!
I remember the Gypsy Moth infestation we had around here about 20 years ago. I was living in a trailer park then, with trees all around. At night you could hear these disgusting things chewing leaves, just chomping them all night long. Of course they chew all day too, but you don't notice the noise much. I also remember running over those suckers as they ran across country roads, making that awful squishing noise. When they sprayed, they told us when they were gonna do it so we could stay inside and keep windows and doors shut. Sometimes today you can come across a tree with a white, wide ring around the trunk, where people tried to keep these buggers from climbing up the trunk and up into the leafy part. When they were done the whole area looked like trees in winter. Those caterpillars stripped every leaf on every tree for miles and miles.

But no matter how disgusting they are I think declaring a state of emergency for them being around is a little much. After their source of food dries up, they move on, anyways