The following letter was sent to selected members of the St. Louis Board of Alderman including all members of the Board’s Parks and Environment Committee. This is the start of the St. Louis No Spray Coalition’s effort to get the City to enact a No Spray ordinance similar to the ones passed in New York City, Philadelphia and 130+ other cities in the USA and Canada.
St. Louis No Spray Coalition was able to get records of the city’s use of pesticides in its parks and public spaces after a protracted battle using Missouri’s Sunshine Law (our equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act). It revealed an extensive list of toxic chemicals used by the city. Anyone who wants to see this data should contact me at my personal email address or the one listed at the end of this message. This information is being released publicly and it can (and should) be copied and shared widely.