Moth spray impact report bill passes Assembly
A bill by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, that would require the state to generate an environmental impact report before it would be allowed to conduct aerial spraying to combat the light brown apple moth has cleared the Assembly floor, according to this Associated Press report on the San Jose Mercury News’s website. The bill must next be okayed by the state Senate and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. If it were to pass, it would take effect in January, four months after spraying is tentatively slated to resume. The date for spraying in the Bay Area (including Alameda) was recently moved from August to October, though the date is tentative and could change. Courts in Santa Cruz and Monterey have called a halt to the spraying in those counties until an environmental impact report is generated. A bevy of other bills, including one by state Sen. Carol Migden that would halt the spraying outright, are pending.