The California Alliance to Stop the Spray
(CASS) consists of organizations, health professionals, and individuals who share
the same common goal of opposing the treatment of residential communities with
Our collective concern has arisen out of the fact that the
light brown apple moth (LBAM) eradication program currently underway in different
parts of California utilizes a biochemical pesticide spray that has not undergone
formal safety testing by either federal or state agencies, that the spray has
never been sprayed on humans before, that the end goal of eradication will likely
not be accomplished, and of particular concern, is the lack of an effective adverse
effects monitoring system for assessing the potential for adverse human health
CASS provides an organizational
vehicle by which residents of the state protect their inalienable rights to safety
and privacy, and to not have their persons or property, including public areas,
sprayed with chemicals or any other substance.
our Mission Statement
our Campaign Platform
CASS is dedicated to stopping
the State of California's residential use of pesticides in an attempt to eradicate
the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). CASS opposes this program for the following
1. The program developed by the state has not been shown to
be safe for application to residential populations.
2. The pesticide
solution contains synthetic chemical pheromones as active ingredients and numerous
potentially toxic compounds as so-called "inactive" compounds.
aerial spraying portion of the program will occur 3-4 days every month for up
to 10 years exposing children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and the elderly
to continued exposure to unknown concentrations of these potential toxins for
extremely long periods of time.
4. The toxicity of this pesticide solution
to the environment has not been fully ascertained and many of the ingredients
are recognized human, environmental, ecological, and aquatic toxins.
5. The economic justification used by the State of California was based on a completely
theorized worse case scenario of LBAM infestation with no basis of substantiation
6. The program includes pesticide treatment of residential
yards, parks, and residential streets with highly toxic pyrethroids.