Toxic Pesticide Exposure Defense Fund
- Help save a community from pesticide poisoning
- Help protect the environment from pesticide contamination
- Expose the failure of local, state and federal agencies that are supposed to protect the people
In 1983 Melick's Orchard was permitted, by the Township of Lebanon in New Jersey, to establish a pesticide spraying orchard on a property surrounded on three sides by existing homes and on the fourth side by the South Branch of the Raritan River.
Pesticide spraying orchards are environmental nightmares. The pesticides are highly toxic and present a danger to the surrounding environment due to pesticide drift and volatilization. Rivers are endangered by groundwater contamination and orchard stormwater runoff.
These orchards should never be located where people live or near any environmentally sensitive sites.
Pesticide exposure is linked to many diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Cancer, Reproduction Dysfunction and ADHD, and the people of this community have already experienced many of these diseases.
Laws exist at the local, state and federal level that should prevent or stop this danger to the community, but the responsible agencies refuse to act to enforce the law and protect the public.
The Lebanon Township Zoning Officer stated that he was unqualified to make a determination, and after the threat to the surrounding public was confirmed by expert testimony the Township Committee stated that action was not in their jurisdiction.
The NJDEP cited Melick's Orchard for a serious pesticide drift violation that "caused a significant risk of harm", but they refused to stop the spraying and allowed the orchard to continue to endanger the surrounding community.
Please help us enforce the law and accomplish the following:
- Confirm the danger and stop the spraying
- Hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions
- Educate the public about this danger and the lack of proper enforcement
For complete details and to view the NJDEP “Settlement Agreement” please visit the following sites: