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Alabama Woman Sues City Over Pesticide Use

June 26th, 2015

Alabama Woman Sues City Over Pesticide Use

This is not the first time that Annie Birdsong has brought suit to against municipal and federal officials, and it probably won’t be the last.  She has stated that use of herbicides and pesticides to eradicate mosquitoes are also harming the beneficial bugs like butterflies and bees.

Birdsong first filed last July against the City of Birmingham for spraying mosquitoes with Permethrin (Clark’s Biomist), and simultaneously went after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the same issue.

She says that although the chemical is distributed at night and therefore should not, theoretically, harm pollinators like bees, it doesn’t really work that way.  Her argument is that the chemical has a half-life, and therefore lingers in the soil and can become airborne after the initial spray.

Birdsong has a website devoted to the issues of spraying and in support of pollinating insects.

On her website, she states, “The spraying of mosquitoes by cities may prove to be the worst mistake in the entire history of mankind.”

Both the EPA and Birmingham suit, the latter filed in the U.S. District Court, were dismissed due to improperly following the procedures to bring a citizen lawsuit

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