July 9, 2007

"Obdurate Behavior"

Obdurate: hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent.

On February 8, 2007 Syngenta's Doug Tiffany met with Waimea Canyon School administrators, HSTA rep Tom Perry, and D.O.E. rep Nathan Kawaguchi to discuss Syngenta spray operations taking place on agricultural lands west of W. C. M. S. campus. In a letter dated 02/16/07 (see "Agreement letter"), after professing Syngenta's primary monetary concern Doug Tiffany detailed steps Syngenta would take in an effort to alleviate chronic pesticide/herbicide exposure of students and staff. To quote his first bullet point, "If there is a field closer that 660 feet to the school, no spraying will be conducted until after 3:30pm on days that school is in session." On 02/27/07 Syngenta broke this agreement beginning spray operations in field #809 (located directly west of W.C.M.S. campus) prior 3:30pm while students and staff were still on campus. For a video of this incident go to http://youtube.com/watch?v=jl2lE7k-43c . Thereafter spray operations continued without respite despite numerous student and staff complaints of symptoms indicative of pesticide/herbicide exposure.

1. Agreement Letter

pg. 1 http://www.box.net/shared/detlhx8qo8

pg.2 http://www.box.net/shared/wgg7jdh4wg


Anonymous said...

Despite the initial incident that occurred in November that received minimal press coverage, subsequent events were ignored. School health records indicate "Spike" events of symptoms indicative of pesticide/herbicide exposure (see Pesticide/Herbicide 101 Link) yet Hawaii Dept. of Health continued to do nothing.

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