SF joins moth eradication plan lawsuit

San Francisco has joined other cities and groups in a lawsuit challenging the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s light-brown apple moth eradication program.

The civil lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday, claims the final programmatic environmental impact report for the controversial program is invalid and not scientifically sound.

According to City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office, the report “fails to examine a range of alternatives as required by law, including a ‘no-action’ alternative, as well as minimally toxic or non-toxic methods targeted as control and not eradication treatments.”

“The California Department of Food and Agriculture has produced an environmental impact report that raises many more questions than it answers,” Herrera said.

The state certified the report in March. It suggests ground-based pesticides, pheromones and the release of millions of sterile moths to disrupt breeding of the non-native, crop-devouring insect.

The California Environmental Quality Act exists so Californians are fully informed about the risks on the environment and public health posed by projects like this, Herrera said.

“San Francisco has grave concerns about the potential adverse health consequences of this controversial program,” he said.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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