The leaked information was supplied to thisquality early morning on Wednesday of RPH (Regional Public Health) acknowledging Cease and Desist orders that were sent in from a ‘number of sources' — RPH allegedly will be seeking legal advice before responding to the large influx of sources sending in Cease and Desist documents to stop aerial 1080 poison drops.
Since multiple evening events have been pushed for around the Manawatū-Whanganui region recently, sparking reasonable media coverage by NZHerald, it is being acknowledged and noticed due to the influx of locals signing voluntarily, a document that orders a Cease and Desist of any further drops in a specific region. Still, this one is for the Project Kaka aerial drop over the Tararua Ranges scheduled for late winter according to OSPRI.
Through the leaked information sent in, the document from a sender states the following to RPH:
“It falls upon your shoulders as the person responsible for the health and well-being of every person [District Medical Officer of Health for the Wairarapa DHB] who resides within the water catchment areas of the proposed 1080 poison drop in the Tararua ranges.”
It also states that the DHB and surrounding organisations responsible for the drops like OSPRI and DOC (Department of Conservation) are not following the correct protocols. Due to the toxicity effects of biodiversity and animals after aerial drops have initiated over the years, there is just not enough research being done on the poison pellets according to the document.
“Allowing this Poisoning of our drinking water intakes, allowing this poisoning to go ahead is a direct contravention of the rules. Therefore, *** would advise you to stop, Cease and Desist, from allowing this illegal activity to happen in the Wairarapa and Horowhenua water catchments and supplies, immediately.”
According to a media release by OSPRI, affected landowners and occupiers in the Tararua Ranges area will be contacted before the operation starts to provide further details of changes in the plan due to the consultation phase and provide more information on the time frame.
The public does not get any information about drops except for being on warning signs and newspapers.
“Public notices will be published in local newspapers, and warning signs will be placed at all likely access points to the operational area. Warning signs will be placed at all main access points to the operational area, and everyone must follow the cautions on the signs,” said OSPRI in a media statement on June 17.
OSPRI claims there’s no health risk when using the areas as long as you follow the instructions.
thisquality understands that large claims like above are not certainly true, especially during Winter when watersheds can form in crevasses of walkways or in hard to reach areas where animals can drink.
If pellets were to drop during winter and over watersheds that are unknown to GEO location mapping, the toxic level of the water would stay the same even though the pellets can dissolve.
OSPRI and DOC (Department of Conservation) state that there is no risk to public drinking water as Biodegradable 1080 is highly soluble and does not persist in water or soil. Local health authorities apply strict conditions to aerial operations so that drinking water supplies are not contaminated.
“Safety has been confirmed by tests on several thousand water samples taken after aerial 1080 operations over many years,” said OSPRI in a media statement on June 17.
FACT: Just 1.75 mg of 1080 poison will kill a 25 kg dog, and enough poison is spread aerially per hectare to kill over 2,500 dogs. It is estimated that a lethal dose of bait for an adult human could be as little as 30 grams, where the bait contained 0.15% in 1080. A small dog may receive a lethal dose of 1080 from as low as 0.5 grams of bait containing 0.15% in 1080.
Mike Meeds did a study on the effects of 1080 poison on the soil; he found that the soil biota and the insects in the area where 1080 was dropped. Fifty per cent of that soil biota and insects died—fifty per cent. You come back three years later, and they poison again; you’ve now lost another fifty per cent.
Suddenly you are down to less than twenty-five per cent of actually having the soil biota in a healthy state. And then, they’ll come back in another three years and give it another pounce, so you’re down to twelve and a half per cent.
Over a million hA this year will be aerially dropped with pre-feed & 1080 poison pellets, and they are going to use up to eight tonnes of 1080 poison to do that.
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