San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz-Soto and the San Juan Municipality sued the CDC in Puerto Rico federal court. The lawsuit charges that the agency’s plan to spray the island with the allegedly anti-Zika pesticide Naled violates the federal Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Zika Spray Toxic – Petition
The complaint read: “Multiple studies have demonstrated that exposure to Naled can cause respiratory complications, nausea, headaches, skin irritation and damage to the nervous system in humans, and could potentially cause irreparable harm to the fish and wildlife that live in the island’s estuaries and ecosystems, which will directly affect the health, recreational, aesthetic, commercial and environmental interests of the MSJ.”
The complaint further reads that NEPA required the preparation of an “environmental impact statement” for actions “significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” yet no one at the CDC or any other agency has carried out any test or study to determine the long-term effects Puerto Ricans and wildlife will suffer if Naled is indiscriminately used by the CDC.
The ESA requires the assurance that any action authorized or carried out by any federal agency is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species.
In San Juan and across Puerto Rico in general, a “significant number” of endangered species coexist, the complaint explained.
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz-Soto wrote: “The CDC, as well as other individual defendants, act in clear violation of the ESA, as their proposed action will cause harm to individual protected organisms that currently exist within the territorial demarcation and waterways of the MSJ and throughout Puerto Rico.”
According to the complaint, representatives for San Juan allegedly learned during a June 23 meeting conducted by the Puerto Rico State Agency for Disaster and Emergency Management that the CDC intended to “commence immediately” with the delivery of the chemical Naled and other compounds through an aerial spray in an effort to control the mosquito population and stop the spread of the virus.
CDC transfers Naled to Puerto Rico
After several representatives from around the island objected, the CDC allegedly responded that the plan will be carried out “with or without the consent and cooperation of local authorities,” according to the complaint, and could occur any day now.
Law 360 reported that a significant amount of Naled was transferred to Puerto Rico before the lawsuit was filed. The suit says that action shows an “imminent possibility” the CDC will carry out its plan at any time with or without the Puerto Rican governor’s consent.
CDC Pesticide Acutely Toxic
Naled is an organophosphate insecticide “recognized as acutely toxic both orally or by inhalation, is carcinogenic and extremely hazardous, with long-lasting effects to the aquatic environment,” the complaint read. The chemical’s label also advises that it be kept out of bodies of water, said the filing.
The mayor noted recent findings link the presence of organophosphates and behavior problems in babies whose mothers were exposed to this type of chemical during their pregnancy. Gestational exposure to the chemical can induce developmental neurotoxicity in humans.
Research backs Mayor’s Position
Cornell University researchers have reviewed several studies that have shown dichlorvos, a “byproduct” (euphemism for an actual result) of Naled, led to an increased risk of stomach cancer in mice, as well as an increase in pancreatic tumors and leukemia in male mice. In addition, more leukemia cases were reported in a study among male farmers who used dichlorvos for more than ten days per year, compared to non users. And more childhood brain cancer occurred among families who used dichlorvos than those who did not. (See: Naled is a Nerve Agent.)
Trichlorfon pesticide, a common ingredient in dibrom (naled), was found to cause a “severe reduction” in brain weight (and shape) in test animals exposed in one study. (Causing the very thing the CDC says it can stop with its forced spraying.)
Russian scientists found growth rates of fish called Bream (Abramis brama) exposed to the dibrom/naled contaminant dichlorvos suffered significant reduction in growth rates. Researchers believe the subtle neurotoxin actions of the pesticide impacts areas of the brain needed in feeding or food searching mechanisms.
Naled is also characterized as very highly toxic to bees and aquatic invertebrates, moderately to highly toxic to fish, and slightly toxic to upland game birds and waterfowl.
CDC Lawlessness, Insensible Actions
CDC lawlessness should not stand. This is an agency that still counts the poisoning of most American water supplies with fluoride and its attendant tramp contaminants – lead, mercury, aluminum, etc. – as one of its greatest accomplishments. This is the agency that helped murder black Americans with syphillis in its horrifying Tuskegee airmen experiment.
In addition, there is considerable question about whether the Zika virus is causing birth defects in the first place. Brazilian doctors have a far different notion of what is causing so many birth defects in Brazil, birth defects which the CDC and mainstream media blame solely on the Zika virus.
A representative for the CDC did not return a request for comment to Law 360, and attorney information for the agency was not immediately available.
The municipality and Mayor Cruz-Soto are represented by Raul S. Mariani Franco and Cenia M. Mercado Santana.
The case is The Municipality of San Juan et al. v. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention et al., case number 3:16-cv-02382, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.