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The No Spray Coalition objects to the release of unnamed, potentially harmful perflurocarbon gasses in New York City subways, buses and streets. Brookhaven National Laboratory is releasing these gases under a $3.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security and in conjunction with the New York City Police Department and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Without consent, New Yorkers are being experimented on via the subways and streets of the five boroughs of New York City over a three day period during the month of July 2013.

This first release of perflurocarbons in the subways and streets under the program deemed "S-SAFE" -- Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange -- began July 9, with less than the stated 24-hour notice; the the second was Friday, July 19th -- there is one more day of gas releases which will be taking place sometime before the end of the month.

While the stated goal of these experiments -- tracking airflow patterns in the subways and on the streets to best predict what might happen if a terrorist released deadly chemical, biological or radiological agents in the city -- may have some merit, this does not justify the potential health and environmental risks of the perfluorocarbon gases that will be used in these experiments, the meager information to and review by the public, nor the lack of proper oversight and approval by local and national health agencies. There are already enough studies and models of air dispersions; this study is not needed.

Scientific studies have linked Perfluorocarbons to infertility in women, menopause, birth defects, liver damage and thyroid damage among other conditions. We do not consent to New Yorkers being exposed to gases that can potentially cause such harms. The city and state have many other options such as using computer models, studying the gas attack that took place in Japan, installing air monitors in every subway station, etc.

While NYPD officials have declared the unspecified gasses to be "safe", David Carpenter, Institute for Health and Environment, Univ. at Albany, says otherwise:

"Perfluorocarbons are dangerous substances. PFOS and PFOA have been best studied, as they are the major components in Telfon and Scotchgard, but it is likely that the whole family of fluorocarbons have similar adverse health effects. They are being shown to interfere with cognitive function in children, and in promoting ADHD-type behavioral changes. They have been known to increase risk of cancer for a long time, starting with study of 3M workers, and now are being found to increase risk of the metabolic syndrome and diabetes even in adolescents as well as adults. They interfere with thyroid function. These all is addition to being potent greenhouse gases and depleters of the ozone layer. They are soluble in water, unlike many of the other persistent chemicals like PCBs and DDT. So I see no justification for their use in looking at patterns of air flow in subways!"

Toxicology specialist Dr. Robert Simon has issued statements concurring with Dr. Carpenter here.

The No Spray Coalition objects to the fact that there have been no public hearings on the health and environmental risks for this study of the release and dispersal of perfluorocarbons, which are also greenhouse gases. There has been no environmental impact statement. The NYPD will not make the names of the specific 7 perfluorocarbons to be used available to the public. We object to the cloak of secrecy over how these gases will be released and at which subway stations and street locations.

United States Code (USC) 1520a under the heading: Restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents, states the following:

"The Secretary of Defense may conduct a test or experiment described in subsection (b) of this section only if informed consent to the testing was obtained from each human subject in advance of the testing on that subject."

This law makes it clear that informed consent is required before any experiments can be conducted on American citizens. This has not been done with respect to the tests planned for New York City subways and streets. The public has not even been told which perfluorocarbons will be used which makes informed consent impossible.

Brookhaven National Laboratory has said that there will be one non-perfluorocarbon chemical used as well, but will not say what it is! Similar studies have used Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), a non-perfluorocarbon, which displaces oxygen in the lungs, thus carrying the risk of asphyxia if too much is inhaled. This could be fatal for those with pulmonary disease, heart disease, etc.

The No Spray Coalition demands that these experiments on the people of New York City cease immediately and public hearings be held regarding the safety of these gases, as part of a proper environmental and health review. We do not give consent to being experimented upon.

The No Spray Coalition was founded in 1999 in opposition to the City of New York's mass spraying of Malathion, Piperonyl Butoxide, Pyrethroids and other dangerous pesticides to kill mosquitoes said to be carrying West Nile Virus. The Coalition filed a lawsuit against the NYC government at the time, and proposed safer alternative ways of repelling mosquitoes. We were successful in achieving a favorable settlement with the New York City government 7 years later, under the Clean Water Act.

More information and "I Do Not Consent" form can be found here:
No Gas Experiments
& Don't Gas NYC Subways

Now Available: West Nile In The Context of 9-11
No Spray Pamphlet authored by Mitchel Cohen

Hysteria and Secrecy: West Nile Story

2011 Legal Documents Opposing Pesticides Spraying
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Cover Letter to Judge Daniels (August 2011)
Full Letter to Judge Daniels opposing the broadcast pesticides spraying in NYC (August 2011)

NY Assemblyman William Colton's letter to NYC Department of Health (Exhibit H)
JPG | PDF (recommended)

Dr. Robert Simon's summary of Pyrethroid pesticides (Exhibit I)


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Proposal To NYC from No Spray Coalition


The City has announced it will begin spraying dangerous pesticides in crowded residential areas in Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011.

The No Spray Coalition is appalled by Mayor Bloomberg’s and the City’s Department of Health decision to renew the mass-spraying ­ no legitimate reasons given ­ and demands that the City stop this mad spraying before it starts.

We also condemn the New York City government’s advice to residents and visitors that they personally use insect repellants containing DEET on themselves and their children. DEET is especially dangerous for children and should NEVER be used; it is associated with numerous infant deaths. The City knows this; we negotiated an agreement with the City last year that they wouldn’t recommend DEET. And here they are, again, acting in utter disregard of the health and safety of our children, and more generally of all the people of New York.

Furthermore, this year’s spray of choice ­ Anvil 10+10 ­ is listed in Local Law 37 (2005 update, see page 1, paragraph 4, discussion of table 2) that states that for piperonyl butoxide and MGK-264 contained as synergists in Anvil 10 + 10, that

“both of these chemicals are classified as possible human carcinogens by the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs. Most products containing pyrethrins continue to be prohibited under LL37 even if the reference to the EPA list was updated”.

Local Law 37 prohibits the use of pesticides by NYC in public places if it contains PBO and/or MGK-264. Why are they violating their own law?


The No Spray Coalition is also deeply troubled not only by NYC’s reckless spraying of Anvil 10 + 10 to kill mosquitoes, but for the City’s very short notice ­ around 24 hours, that’s it!

“After years of litigation to stop this reckless spraying of pesticides which has contributed to skyrocketing increases in cancer and asthma, and now the collapse of bee colonies in the New York area, I am outraged that the Bloomberg Administration is renewing its mindless criminal poisoning of the people and environment of our City,” said Howard Brandstein, coordinator of SOS-FOOD, NY State Against Genetic Engineering, and a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit brought seven years ago by the No Spray Coalition and other organizations against Rudolph Giuliani and the New York City government. That lawsuit ended in April 2007, when NYC signed a settlement agreement acknowledging, among other stipulations, that pesticides:

  • may remain in the environment beyond their intended purpose
  • cause adverse health effects
  • kill mosquitoes' natural predators (such as dragonflies)
  • increase mosquitoes' resistance to the sprays, and
  • are not presently approved for direct application to waterways.

The Department of Health contravenes that settlement by now stating that there are no significant risks of adverse impact to human health associated with the proper use of this product. “That is simply a lie,” said No Spray Coalition coordinator Mitchel Cohen.

In fact, the spraying puts many New York City residents and visitors at grave risk. “These kind of ignorant and lying politicians and bureaucrats apparently have no problem destroying our health in order to ‘save’ us from the so-called West Nile virus,” Howard Brandstein added.

“Clearly, the spraying jeopardizes a thousand times more people than the disease.”

The pesticide the City is spraying ­ “Anvil 10 + 10 ­ belongs to a class of adulticides known as pyrethroids, which are endocrine disruptors. They mimic hormones such as estrogen, and may cause breast cancer in women and drastically lower sperm counts in men.

Pyrethroids have also been associated with prostate cancer, miscarriages and preterm delivery, asthma, toxicity to many vital organs including the nervous system, liver, kidneys and the gastro-intestinal tract, skin rashes, itching and blisters, and nausea and vomiting.

Anvil contains the cancer-causing chemical piperonyl butoxide, which the Environmental Protection Agency lists as a suspected carcinogen. It also contains Sumithrin ­ a synthetic toxin, made in the laboratory ­ as well as benzene-related chemicals (which the label calls “inert ingredients.”)

Thousands of New Yorkers were severely sickened by the spraying in 1999 and 2000. A number of members of the No Spray Coalition, including several of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, died from pesticide-related illnesses. Many suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) or Asthma caused or exacerbated by the spraying.

“The City administration must be made to understand that pesticides are extremely dangerous to human health as well as to the natural environment, and have long-term consequences,” Cohen said.

The No Spray Coalition strongly urges the City to stop pesticide spraying immediately, reconsider its entire approach, and seek alternative, safe means to control mosquitoes. There are natural, safe ways for each person to ward off mosquitoes. The City should not be poisoning the entire population.

No Spray Settlement of Lawsuit Against Giuliani, et. al. Feds Approve and Judge Daniels
Signs Agreement on April 12, 2007

New York City admits that pesticides may remain in the environment beyond their intended purpose and may cause adverse health effects

Coalition Wins Eighty-Thousand Dollars for NY Grassroots Environmental Groups

For seven years, the No Spray Coalition has battled the City of New York in Federal Court in opposition to the Giuliani administration's massive and indiscriminate spraying of toxic pesticides, including Malathion.

On April 12, a federal judge signed a settlement agreement in which New York City admits that the pesticides sprayed may indeed be dangerous to human health as well as to the natural environment.

The settlement agreement states that, contrary to the City's prior statements, pesticides may remain in the environment beyond their intended purpose, cause adverse health effects, kill mosquitoes' natural predators, increase mosquito resistance to the sprays, and are not presently approved for direct application to waterways.

Mitchel Cohen, the coordinator of the No Spray Coalition and an individual plaintiff in the lawsuit, sees the settlement agreement as a "tremendous victory" for health and environmental advocates.

"Thousands of New Yorkers were made seriously sick by the spraying," Cohen said. "A number of members of our coalition, including several of the plaintiffs, died from pesticide-related illnesses. Many suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) or Asthma caused or exacerbated by the spraying. We are very glad that the new City administration has to some degree acknowledged that pesticides are extremely dangerous to human health. They need to be rejected as a way of killing mosquitoes."

"In particular," Cohen continued, "the use of insect repellents containing DEET should never be used, especially on children."

Another plaintiff in the lawsuit, the artist Robert Lederman, noted that in 1999 and 2000, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other City officials claimed that the spraying was "safe" and was used as "a last resort" in its effort to kill mosquitoes said to be vectors for West Nile encephalitis.

"This agreement represents the latest rebuff to the notion that Giuliani was a good Mayor," Lederman said. "In 1999 and 2000, while repeatedly spraying the population of NY with pesticides derived from Nazi-era nerve gasses, Giuliani appeared in daily press conferences claiming that the chemicals were completely harmless. The City of NY has now admitted that these chemicals are harmful, that they persist in the environment and that much more caution will have to be used if they decide to ever spray them again."

Attorneys for the No Spray Coalition -- Joel Kupferman, of the NY Environmental Law and Justice Project, and Karl Coplan and Daniel Estrin, of PACE Environmental Litigation Clinic, announced that as part of the settlement the City agreed to pay $80,000 to five grassroots environmental and wildlife rehabilitation groups and meet with the plaintiffs in several sessions to review an extensive list of concerns that the Coalition provided. The Plaintiffs are not permitted, under the terms of the Clean Water Act, to receive a monetary settlement themselves.

The Coalition says that the resolution of the lawsuit begins a new phase in its activities. In its letter of concerns to the City, which is an attachment to the lawsuit settlement, the Coalition seeks to win official approval for its proposed "Community Environment and Health Council," with members drawn from the plaintiffs, the City, and health care professionals, environmental organizations, advocacy groups, non-toxic pesticide applicators and other pesticide-conscious parties.

Cohen said the Environment and Health Council would "make recommendations on environmental health impacts of pesticide use and alternatives, hear from (and possibly include) neurotoxicologists, neuropsychologists, non-toxic pest control experts, wildlife rehabilitators; analyze toxicological samplings, and submit findings to review by occupational and environmental health case providers and advocates."

The Council would also sponsor public meetings before pesticides are used, at which the DOH and other public officials must attend and be available to answer questions, Cohen said. It would "review and propose alternative, nontoxic control of mosquitoes; critique the city's official mosquito control plan and offer new plans to replace adulticides with safe materials; assess agents chosen with regard to interaction with all toxins in our living environment, and then test agents in combination with them for synergistic or cumulative impact on health and environment.

"Additionaly, it would review transportation, storage, and financial ramifications of pesticides; develop and publicize substantive and "least harmful" application guidelines for any chemicals the City seeks to apply to the environment; access all NYC information on health concerns for pesticides and other chemicals; establish a liaison to the NY City Council Committee of Health and Environment and be added as non-voting, adjunct members to that City Council committee."

Cohen added that he sees the terms of the Settlement Agreement as helpful to those fighting against pesticide spraying elsewhere. "Indeed, we consulted with many organizations not only in the U.S. but in Canada and Mexico as well," Cohen said, "and we negotiated clauses in the Agreement with other locales in mind."

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit were: the No Spray Coalition, National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Disabled in Action, Save Organic Standards - New York (by its president, Howard Brandstein), and individual plaintiffs Valerie Sheppard (deceased), Mitchel Cohen, Robert Lederman, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

(click here to read the Settlement Agreement in full)

(click here to read Letter Attached to Settlement)

2006 Pesticide Spraying in New York City
City Again Sprays Crowded City Streets

he New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene sprayed the dangerous pesticide “Anvil” in sections of Brooklyn last month and continues to fog Staten Island, purportedly to kill mosquitoes which may or may not be carrying West Nile virus. City officials also ordered spraying in Queens and the Bronx.

The first spraying of the year in Brooklyn took place on the evening of August 21. The spray truck – now driven by unionized NYC workers wearing DOHMH insignias – recklessly spewed pesticides in a thick cloud down crowded 5th Avenue in Sunset Park and in the surrounding area in utter disregard of the hundreds of people walking the streets. The truck blasted pregnant women and many, many little children with the spray, and fogged people in dozens of restaurants – their doors wide open – without warning as they ate.

The City put up no signs in the neighborhoods announcing the spraying. They made no public warnings about the dangers of pesticides, the links between pesticides and asthma – which is epidemic throughout New York City -- childhood cancers, lymphomas, neurological disorders, chemical sensitivities . . . nothing. 1

Two Brooklynites were among a large group
playing basketball when spray truck sprayed toxic
pesticides on them without warning, between
4th and 5th Avenues in Sunset Park.

Brooklyn's young residents make do with the
indiscriminant spraying as best they can.

This year, City officials have put forth even less information than in the past as to why they decide to spray pesticides. In addition, they have started spraying earlier in the evening, even though people are more likely to be on the streets and directly affected by the spraying.

The NoSpray Coalition learned about the plan to spray in Brooklyn earlier that same day and set up a literature table near at the “F” train exit on the corner of McDonald Avenue and Albemarle Rd. in the residential Kensington section shortly before the spraying began. Around a dozen participants distributed hundreds of flyers, spoke with local store owners, and held a Speak-Out right there on the corner.

Speakers noted that the pesticides spewed from the trucks are endocrine (hormone) disruptors that may cause cancer, and are especially dangerous to children, the elderly, and those who are immune compromised. 2

The pesticides also kill off natural predators of mosquitoes such as dragonflies, which eat large amounts of mosquitoes every hour. The result of each round of spraying is MORE, not fewer, mosquitoes. 3

As public awareness grows, people have begun taking to the streets. In recent months, protests against pesticides have taken place in Winnipeg (Canada), Chicago, Florida, St. Louis, and California.

Nevertheless, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City refuses to listen. “It’s as though the City Department of Health has learned nothing in all these years,” Coalition spokesperson Mitchel Cohen told Brooklyn News 12, which broadcast an extensive report on opposition to the spraying. FOX-News also sent a camera person. 1010-WINS all-news radio ran interviews as well as radio stations in Troy NY, and Massachusetts, and the local papers carried stories on the spraying, quoting extensively from the Coalition’s press release on the dangers of pesticides. Ula Kuras, a reporter for IndyMedia, wrote a very good story that was featured on the front page of the IndyMedia website:

The pesticide mixture that the City continues to spray this year contains the cancer-causing chemical piperonyl butoxide. It also contains so-called “inert ingredients,” which, despite the innocuous-sounding category (“inert” ingredients), are also dangerous. In addition, pyrethroids such as Sumithrin, the active ingredient in Anvil 10 + 10, have been shown to be hormone (endocrine) disruptors and neurotoxins as well as serious lung irritants. (see “What’s In the Pesticides?”)

And, in addition to being dangerous to people and the environment, an important new study shows that pyrethroid spraying is not even effective in reducing the number of the next generation of mosquitoes. 4

Why does the City continue to pursue this senseless way of killing mosquitoes?

Some Coalition members believe it has little to do with public health and more to do with creating the need for and justifying the use of million of dollars in federal funds. They note that all federal funds related to West Nile-carrying mosquitoes are coming from the so-called “Anti-Terrorism” budget. “There are no federal funds any longer for public health,” Cohen said. “Researchers and public health officials have told us that in order to receive funds from Washington – and this was as much under Clinton/Gore before 9-11 as it is under Bush – they had to frame the issue as part of the fight against terrorism. It is a devil’s bargain.”

Indeed, the so-called pesticide ’cure’ jeopardizes many, many more people than West Nile virus is said to do, as well as pets, bees, butterflies, fish and the natural environment. There are numerous effective ways to repel mosquitoes – poisoning us all is not one of them.

The No Spray Coalition has called for people throughout the City to protest the spraying, Some may block the spray trucks. Others may do theater, write to their local government officials, hand out flyers in their neighborhoods and schools, or take other actions deemed necessary to save our lives from the dangerous sprays the City is using.

The Coalition has also contacted the drivers' union, as spray truck drivers a few years ago were diagnosed at Mt. Sinai hospital with serious ailments due to pesticide poisoning.


1. Salam, et al: "Early-life environmental risk factors for asthma findings from the children's health study." Environmental Health Perspectives 112(6):760-765.

2. Pesticides have cumulative, multigenerational, degenerative impacts on human health, especially on the development of children which may not be evident immediately and may only appear years or even decades later.

  • Physicians and Scientists for a Healthy World, The Multigenerational, Cumulative and Destructive Impacts of Pesticides on Human Health, Especially on the Physical, Emotional and Mental Development of Children and Future Generations. A Submission to The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, February 2000;
  • Guillette, Elizabeth, et al: Anthropological Approach to the Evaluation of Pre-school Children Exposed to Pesticides in Mexico. Environmental Health Perspective, Vol. 106, No.6, June 1998;
  • Kaplan, Jonathan et al. Failing Health. Pesticides Use in California Schools. Report by Californians for Pesticide Reform, 2002, American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Environmental Health;
  • Moulton, Patricia, et al: Chronic Exposure to Pesticides and Intellectual Performance in Children, American Psychological Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 13, 2006.
  • Ambient Air Pollution: Respiratory Hazards to Children, Pediatrics 91, 1993.

3. Studies done in New York state for mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis found a 15-fold increase in mosquitoes after repeated spraying, and virtually all of the new generations of mosquitoes were pesticide-resistant. Journal of the Am Mosquito Control Assoc, Dec; 13(4):315-25, 1997 Howard JJ, Oliver New York State Department of Health, SUNY-College ESF, Syracuse 13210.

4. “Efficacy of Resmethrin Aerosols Applied from the Road for Suppressing Culex Vectors of West Nile Virus,” Michael R. Reddy, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, et. al., Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Volume 6, Number 2, June 2006.

Update: Lawsuit against NYC Government

The No Spray Coalition is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that formed seven years ago to oppose New York City's mass-spraying of Malathion and Pyrethroids by helicopter and truck. Since that time, the Coalition has grown substantially by working alongside other environmental justice organizations and individuals and supporting each others' work. As a result, anti-pesticides activities have increased throughout the continent. The No Spray Coalition, along with other activist groups, has become expert in the dangers of pesticides and in presenting alternative and non-toxic means for dealing with mosquitoes and other critters considered to be pests.

In 2000, the No Spray Coalition became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against New York City. Other plaintiffs include the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (Beyond Pesticides), Disabled In Action, Save Organic Standards - NY, Valerie Sheppard (in Memoriam), Mitchel Cohen, Robert Lederman, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

Our legal team is headed by Joel Kupferman (of the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project) and Karl S. Coplan (of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc.)

Last year, Federal District Judge Daniels upheld, for the most part, the No Spray Coalition’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act. The trial was set to go forward solely on the question of whether or not the City sprayed over navigable waterways. Since that time, the Coalition and the NYC government have become engaged in some rather intense rounds of negotiations in an attempt to reach a settlement.

Why negotiate instead of going to trial? The advantage for NYC is obvious -- to avoid risking a “guilty” verdict finding that they sprayed over navigable waterways and broke the law. While the NoSpray Coalition has amassed a great deal of testimony and video clips that this was indeed the case, we believe that there are substantial advantages at this time for opponents of pesticide spraying to try to arrive at a settlement, so long as it contains language expressing a clear recognition of the dangers of pesticides and stipulates ecological remediation. These, we feel, would be an important advance over what we might win at trial should the City be found guilty of violating the law.

We were in the midst of finalizing a possible settlement when the City began this latest and horrible round of pesticide spraying. We still hold out hope that we will be able to reach a negotiated settlement, but the reckless spraying that the City is currently doing indicates to us that officials have not learned the lessons that even many of its own public health officials had outlined.

Over the next few weeks, while we continue negotiations, we also need to raise thousands of dollars to pursue the lawsuit (should negotiations collapse), as well as to intensify our work on the ground. We will be leafleting different areas of New York City against the spraying, and we are expanding our website to include more reports from across the continent. Please send reports of activities in your neighborhood to us, photos, etc.! (If you know how to add material to websites and have some time to contribute, we can sure use your help, too.)

As an all-volunteer group -- none of us gets paid -- the NoSpray Coalition depends on the consciousness and generosity of our supporters. Funds are desperately needed. Whatever you can contribute would be very helpful.

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In Memoriam – We are very, very saddened to inform you of the passing of our friend and fellow activist Mike Pahios, who died in his apartment in Brooklyn last month. Mike was a member of Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and was a stalwart supporter of the No Spray Coalition. He had raised the issue with us of homeless veterans and the effects of toxic pesticides sprayed on them. We hope to write more about Mike and his life in a future issue of NoSpray Newz.

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Books we recommend by members and friends of NoSpray

Our Toxic World
by Dr. Doris J. Rapp

This 510-page book is about chemicals and how they are hurting our children, all wildlife, our planet and us. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones, We have polluted our air, water, soil, food, homes, schools and workplace. Includes many references to the No Spray Coalition and the fight against pesticides in New York City and throughout the U.S. $24.95

Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green To Me:

Been Brown So Long, It Looked Like Green To Me, The Politics of Nature
by Jeff St. Clair
Common Courage Press - $19.95 ($8.45 on

A comprehensive seven-part reader on environmental politics. Covering everything from toxics to electric power plays, St. Clair gives you a shocking view of how money and power determine the state of our environment. St. Clair names the culprits and exposes the deeds. The book opens with Oregon as a metaphor for the nation. Jeffrey St. Clair is an award-winning investigative journalist, co-editor of political newsletter CounterPunch and author of nine books.

The Permanent Carnival and Other Poems
by Mitchel Cohen
cover painting by Haideen Anderson

Red Balloon Books - $15 includes mailing. 66 pages.

Just published, Mitchel’s 2nd book of poems, fresh off the press. To order, use PayPal mitchelcohen@(at), or send a check to

Mitchel Cohen
2652 Cropsey Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Hooked on Raw
by Rhio

Chock-full of information about raw/live food lifestyle. Half the book is devoted to recipes that provide a delicious, gourmet surprise. The other half covers many health-related issues, such as bringing wild foods and organic foods into the diet, soil fertility, food irradiation, genetic engineering of seeds/plants, hybridization of seeds, fasting, rejuvenation and much, much more. Rhio gently guides you to the opportunity to make major changes in your lifestyle so that you can experience new awareness and vibrant health. (352 pages paperback) $29.95

More Photos from the Brooklyn Spraying

Keith Lisy, a member of the No Spray Coalition seemed better prepared than most.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene employee
without mask, as passenger in spray truck, as it zig-zagged
through Brooklyn's streets spraying everyone, everything in sight.
Note the NYC Dept Of Health Mental Hygiene insignia on jacket.

Driver of one of the spray trucks in Brooklyn. Note: No masks or
protective gear. In 2001, six spray truck drivers were diagnosed as
suffering from "pesticide poisoning" by doctors at Mt. Sinai hospital,
according to the No Spray Coalition's attorney Joel Kupferman, of the
NY Environmental Law and Justice Project.

Anvil Cocktails for All

by Pete Leki

It's Summer in the City
And the crickets sing at night
The jets roar in the wispy clouds
But things just don't seem right…
without some…

Anvil whining down the block
Just as we sit down for dinner
Whoever got that Anvil contract
Sure turned out a winner

We get Anvil on our salsa
All up in our posole
Anvil on our pollo
Quesadillas, guacamole

Anvil on the kiddies
On Darwin, Zach and Ella
Anvil on the popsicles
And on that homeless fella

Anvil sprayed on grannies
And on the pregnant ladies
On birds and dogs and dragonflies
On daddies pushing babies

Anvil at the cafes
On your pesto and risotta
Anvil in your fine Merlot
And in your mineral water

"Don't worry. It won't hurt you."
The Public Health guys say
"And if you do get cancer
That will be years away

You can't blame it on the Anvil
Not with the toxic air
You're breathing in this City
There's already poison there:

Lead, asbestos, ozone,
Diesel fumes and soot
Mercury and arsenic
Is it so bad to put

A little bit on Anvil
Into the toxic bile?
At least we're doing something
To try to stop West Nile.

We need to show we're active
Like going off to war
Even tho the enemy
Is as toxic as the cure."

So bring it on, don't fear it.
Spray all over me,
I'm sure that it is harmless
Like Raid and DDT.
(mp3 of author reading poem on website)


Who Is The No Spray Coalition?

The No Spray Coalition is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that formed six years ago to oppose New York City's mass-spraying of Malathion and Pyrethroids by helicopter and truck. Since that time, the Coalition has grown substantially by working alongside other environmental justice organizations and individuals and supporting each others' work. As a result, the No Spray Coalition has become expert in the dangers of pesticides and in presenting alternative and non-toxic means for dealing with mosquitoes and other critters considered to be pests.

Thinking Holistically

Pest Control Chain Reaction

To treat a malaria outbreak in Borneo in the 1950s, the World Health Organization (WHO) sprayed DDT to kill mosquitoes. But the DDT also killed parasitic wasps which were controlling thatch-eating caterpillars. As a result, the thatched roofs of many homes fell down, and the DDT-poisoned insects were eaten by geckoes, which were in turn eaten by cats. The cats perished, which led to the multiplication of rats, and then outbreaks of sylvatic plague and typhus.

To put an end to this destructive chain of events, WHO had to parachute 145,000 live cats into the area to control the rats.

Click on a map to read about activities across the continent.


United States


We the No Spray Coalition is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that formed six years ago to oppose New York City's mass-spraying of Malathion and Pyrethroids by helicopter and truck. Since that time, the Coalition has grown substantially by working alongside other environmental justice organizations and individuals and supporting each others' work. As a result, the No Spray Coalition has become expert in the dangers of pesticides and in presenting alternative and non-toxic means for dealing with mosquitoes and other critters considered to be pests.

We need your financial help!

We have been meeting with officials from the New York City government will be meeting with the No Spray Coalition and other plaintiffs before a federal Magistrate Judge to attempt to carve out a settlement in the Coalitiona's 5-year-old lawsuit against the City for its indiscriminate spraying of toxic pesticides to kill mosquitoes said to be the cause of West Nile encephalitis.

We also return to federal court before Judge Daniels to either approve of the negotiated settlement or to set the date for trial. (The Coalition's proposal is posted below.)

We need your financial help, and need it fast!

The Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the No Spray Coalition, National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Disabled In Action, Save Organic Standards - New York, Valerie Sheppard (in Memoriam), Mitchel Cohen, Robert Lederman, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

Our legal team is headed by Joel Kupferman (of the New York Environmental
Law and Justice Project) and Karl S. Coplan (of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc.)

Over the next few weeks, we need to raise tens of thousands of dollars to pursue the lawsuit and intensify our work. As an all-volunteer group, none of us gets paid -- the NoSpray Coalition depends on the consciousness and generosity of our supporters.

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What began six years ago as a tiny, isolated grassroots struggle in New York City against the spraying of Malathion has become a major effort with nation-wide consequences. Today, we align ourselves with many similar grassroots groups across the country; share information, send our members to participate in anti-pesticide struggles elsewhere, and post their work to the NoSpray Coalition website.

Along the way, we have achieved numerous victories such as blocking multi-million dollar contracts to pesticide spraying corporations; winning state-imposed fines against a major contractor for poisoning its workers (thanks to the great work of the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project); and basically making the dangers of pesticides known to the vast number of people living in the New York metropolitan area. And much, much more.

Please download flyers on the dangers of pesticide spraying and the application of DEET on children; find informative scientific articles linking pyrethroids with breast cancer and dramatically lowered sperm counts; view the five years of legal papers (a number of other lawsuits across the country have found them to be very helpful) and alternative and non-toxic ways to address these issues; and read our critique of the hysteria being orchestrated, first around West Nile, then Anthrax, SARS, Smallpox, and now Avian Flu “ all "addressed" by officials who call for in some cases "quarantine camps," more spraying, and mass inoculations as their answer, while ignoring the huge dangers of pesticides to people, animals, and the natural environment.

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No Spray Coalition
c/o Mitchel Cohen
2652 Cropsey Avenue, #7H
Brooklyn, NY 11214

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From June 2005:

U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels issued his long-awaited ruling in early June on a case brought five years ago by the NoSpray Coalition, along with a number of other organizations and individuals, against NYC governments indiscriminate spraying of toxic pesticides to kill mosquitoes said to be transmitting West Nile Virus.

Over the years a number of courts had eliminated the large body of evidence we presented about people who were seriously sickened by the spraying of poisons such as Malathion and pyrethroids over New Yorks streets and urban environment, whittling down the case to the sole question of whether or not the City sprayed pesticides over water.

In this latest ruling, Judge Daniels agreed with most of our lawyers claims that spraying toxic pesticides over NYC waterways without a permit - even if unintended (and it was VERY intentional) or for a short time - constitutes a violation of the Clean Water Act, and rejected the NY City governments claims to the contrary.

This is a very good result. Early findings on the law issues will stand as the law of the case for later arguments when applying the law to the facts.

This was a long-awaited and very important decision, as it carefully reviews prior case law and defines what constitutes a pollutant and rules that helicopters and spraytrucks can be considered point sources under the Clean Water Act, as well as under what circumstances pesticide-spraying might indeed be opposed legally. We expect that it will have very positive implications for environmental and social justice activists who are fighting against the misuse of pesticides across the country.

With all the legalistic interpretations now out of the way and resolved in our favor, the case will be fast-tracked and go to trial before a jury with Judge Daniels presiding to determine whether the City actually sprayed pesticides over New Yorks aterways.

The full text of Judge Daniels's ruling is posted here at

Original artwork by Robert Lederman

"When the planes still swoop down and aerial spray a field in order to kill a predator insect with pesticides, we are in the Dark Ages of commerce.

Maybe one thousandth of this aerial insecticide actually prevents the infestation. The balance goes to the leaves, into the soil, into the water, into all forms of wildlife, into ourselves.

What is good for the balance sheet is wasteful of resources and harmful to life."

Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce (1993)"


Message Highlights From The NoSpray ListServe - Click Here

(Please be sure to check the Articles section for updates)

June 7, 2005:
Judge Daniels's Decision In The No Spray Coalition's Case
Click a format to view the Decision Document in...

November 9, 2004:
Peconic Baykeeper Files Federal CWA Lawsuit Against Suffolk County
Click here to view the Channel 12 (News12) coverage of the event.
(This is in a windows .wmv file format)

July 28, 2004:
Click here to view the Channel 11 (wb11)
coverage of the court case.

(This is in a windows ".wmv" file format)

New York City Pesticide Spray Program Lies
About Risks To Our Children

Blowing the Whistle on West Nile --
Shades of 1950's and DDT, by Lynn Landes



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