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OPEN LETTER TO THE BLM:Regarding the “Desatoya Mountains Habitat Resiliency, Health, and Restoration Project”

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 Debbie Coffey                 Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved.

(You might question the BLM’s project title after reading below. There’s nothing resilient or healthy about it. And not to malign BLM employees at local Field Offices – public lands planning comes from the President, Congress, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey.)

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Department of Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Carson City District
Stillwater Field Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
desatoyaEA@blm.gov

BLM’s statements in the Environmental Assessment (EA) are italicized, and author’s comments are not italicized.

Introduction
“The project area encompasses approximately 230,000 acres, which includes …136,400 acres of the Desatoya Herd Management Area (HMA) (84% of the HMA).”

The Desatoya HMA is about 161,000 acres, and the BLM is only leaving 127-180 wild horses on the HMA that is primarily for their use. That is only one horse every
1,267.7 acres – one horse every 894.4 acres.

If there is not enough water or forage for the wild horses, this can only be from misappropriation of land uses allowed and facilitated by the BLM, which is mismanagement. When did the BLM last monitor the HMA for carrying capacity? Please send me documents related to any recent monitoring.

Within the project area, up to approximately 32,705 acres of ground disturbing treatments are proposed over a ten year period including…herbicide treatment… Page 83 – In fact, 2,4-D has limited residual activity (2 weeks); therefore any incidental contamination risk to non-target plants would likely be negligible.”

When considering plants, animals, water and humans, note that:

The EPA says that 2,4-D is seventh largest source of dioxin in the U.S.
Dioxin DCDD that contaminates 2,4-D herbicide is not tested, measured or monitored by the EPA, or even regulated. A Canadian research paper states that dioxin DCDD may have large public health implications due to its prevalence in our food and environment.

DCDD is one of the hundreds of kinds of dioxin – (TCDD is the worst, but DCDD may be equi-potent): More

Dow Chemical’s new product “Enlist”

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Enlist is a new herbicide and GMO crop product from Dow Chemical and Monsanto. Links documenting information in video:

Monsanto Shifts ALL Liability to Farmers video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWak_bUHDm8

Dow AgroSciences Technology Use Agreement:

http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_0886/0901b80380886267.pdf

EPA admits dangers of 2,4-D herbicide:

http://www.epa.gov/teach/chem_summ/24D_summary.pdf

Glyphosate problems & diseases:

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2011/s3245624.htm

Greenhill Death Case: Peteet v. Dow Chemical:

http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/868/868.F2d.1428.87-6314.html

2,4-D info on Wikipedia (includes diseases):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic_acid

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