Countersuit Asks Ban on Aerial Mirex Spray

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Title

Countersuit Asks Ban on Aerial Mirex Spray

Alternative Title

Countersuit on Aerial Mirex Spray

Subject

Pollution--Florida
Pesticides--United States

Description

A newspaper article from discussing various lawsuits in the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Florida regarding the aerial application of Mirex, a pesticide designed to control fire ants. Suits by the Florida Department of Pollution Control (FDPC) sought to limit aerial application, alleging that it causes major environmental damage. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) sought to overturn rulings that it must obtain permits from the FDPC to engage in aerial spraying.

Mirex is an organochlorine insecticide that was widely used in southeastern states to control red fire ant populations until it was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1978 due to its impact on the environment, as well as its potential carcinogenicity. Mirex usage in Florida began in 1962, and peaked from 1966 to 1968. Mirex usage became controversial in 1971, over concerns about its impact on aquatic environments. The insecticide was applied both by hand and through aerial spraying programs and its aerial application was handled by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDOA), which was renamed the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 1969. The Florida Department of Pollution Control (FDPC) filed a suit against FDACS in 1971, seeking to limit the aerial application of Mirex, as well as require the agency to apply for permits prior to application. The suit resulted in a 10-day moratorium on Mirex application, after Judge Ben Willis determined that a required public hearing had not been held prior to aerial sprayings. Aerial application of Mirex was banned in Florida by 1973, but resumed in 1977, and again banned at the federal level in 1978.

Creator

Lawrence, D. G.

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: Lawrence, D. G. "Countersuit Asks Ban On Aerial Mirex Spray." The Orlando Sentinel, May 11, 1972: binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1972-05-11

Date Copyrighted

1972-05-11

Date Issued

1972-05-11

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: Lawrence, D. G. "Countersuit Asks Ban On Aerial Mirex Spray." The Orlando Sentinel, May 11, 1972.

Is Part Of

Binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

220 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Leon County Courthouse, Tallahassee, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by D. G. Lawrence and published by The Orlando Sentinel.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Mirex Bait To Be Used In Marion." The Ocala Star-Banner, April 8, 1977. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_nhPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oAUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5732%2C1728509.
Garvin, Glenn. "Mirex: Traces Of Cancer-Linked Poison Found In Floridians." The St. Petersburg Evening Independent, August 26, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=950&dat=19760826&id=2gAMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1gDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5305,2309849&hl=en.
Vickers, Larry. "The Stinging Truth About The Fire Ant Infiltration." The Lakeland Ledger, January 13, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VHFOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=c_oDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7018%2C3237972.
"Ban The Insanity." The Sarasota Journal, June 2, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lGs0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=Ho0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3763%2C358495.
Moore, Mae B. "State Imports Mirex Pesticide." The Lakeland Ledger, March 17, 1977.
"MIREX." PubChem Compound Database. Accessed June 6, 2016. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/mirex.

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