Coastal Post Online

 

DONATE TO US

SUBSCRIBE TO US

ADVERTISE WITH US

 

**** COASTALPOST'S LOGO ****

 

DONATE TO US

SUBSCRIBE TO US

ADVERTISE WITH US

 

MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

April, 2009


THE BEST DEALS ON GREAT ROOMS IN MARIN COUNTY


Smiley's Hotel in downtown Bolinas, California offers some of the best rooms in West Marin at the most reasonable prices. Garden settings and only a 5 minute walk to some beautiful beaches. 30 miles north of San Francisco, it is the best kept secret hideaway in Marin.
Click Here To Find Out More

NEW!! HIGH SPEED FREE WIFI INTERNET

Electronic Fashions
Toys and Art

LEDthings.com

 

 

PG&E; Spray Alert Update

Contractors such as Trees Inc. are spraying copious amounts of herbicide this spring throughout California on behalf of utility companies including PG&E;, the largest owner of utility pole and right-of-ways in the state.
PG&E;'s contractors are using a toxic mixture of several chemical formulations for control of annual, perennial and woody plants growing at the base of poles and within utility line right-of-ways (See our website for more information).

In some areas of the state, particularly northwest counties, PG&E; will not spray without advance notification and the consent of property owners. However, where poles are within right-of-ways belonging to the state, county or city, spraying is conducted without advance notification or posting to warn the public of the presence of toxic chemicals.

According to one source, poles displaying square aluminum tags and a separate 6 digit number are scheduled to be sprayed while poles displaying a circular aluminum tag are manually managed for vegetation. What equipment is on the pole is the determining factor. Apparently little community or environmental exposure has been considered when spray plans are made: Herbicides have been applied in heavily used trails and close to wells and streams.

Find out where spraying is planned in areas you use or where you live, work or go to school. For folks in Humboldt County contact Larry Rumensen of PG&E; at 707-577-1026. For others in California, try PG&E; at 1-800-743-5000 as a CATs member recently had success getting information (and a live person) that way. Trees Inc, PG&E;'s contractor, is another avenue to pursue and can be reached at 1-866-865-9617.

Ask to know where spraying is planned and demand that PG&E; stop this unnecessary use of chemicals. Call your city council member or county supervisor, depending on the location of spraying you are concerned about. Ask them to contact PG&E; to stop the spraying or, at a minimum, to post notification where herbicides are applied.

PG&E; and other utility companies have options, especially mechanical removal of vegetation, which is better for workers, neighbors, and the environment.

For more information, see: http://www.alternatives2toxics.org

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics
315 P Street, Eureka CA 95501
707-445-5100

Coastal Post Home Page