Riverview Estates Remarks
I would like to clarify the comments attributed to me in the July 21 Prince William Extra article, "Residents Fight Plan for Road Through Subdivision." As Aymar Jean indicated in his story, this is one of the most controversial issues in my district, and it is unfortunate that our apparent poor communication led to some inaccurate information being printed.
Riverview Estates does not have, nor was it ever planned to have, any other access points. Likewise, I have no intention of advocating additional access to Riverview Estates. It is true, however, that the property proposed for development adjacent to Riverview Estates did at one time have other access options that have long since been closed, leaving the property essentially landlocked.
To be clear, it is the property that is proposed for development, and not Riverview Estates, that I referenced as at one time having alternative access.
This situation has been a difficult battle between residents upholding their homeowners association covenants and a small builder protecting its claim to property rights.
I am sure that all parties are looking forward to its resolution, and I remain hopeful that a mutually beneficial compromise can be reached.
Martin E. Nohe (R-Coles)
Prince William Board of County Supervisors
Pesticide Dangers Outweigh Nuisance
Prince William County, as the lone Northern Virginia county that routinely sprays for mosquitoes, is doing so to prevent the "nuisance" of mosquitoes at backyard barbecues.
No mention is made of the fact that the pesticide Anvil is suspected by the EPA to be a carcinogen (it is generally accepted that there are no "safe" levels of a carcinogen) and a gastrointestinal or liver toxin, or that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health lists it as a suspected neurotoxin.
Anvil is lethal not only to mosquitoes. It also kills benign insects such as butterflies and fireflies, and many other insects that prey on mosquitoes. All this adds up to the simple fact that Prince William County is spraying a toxic chemical not as a last resort to protect public health, but to attenuate the mild nuisance of mosquitoes at your next barbecue.
Despite the numerous threats to public health within Prince William, the county has instead chosen to employ a crack team to map out breeding sites for mosquitoes. I would like to alert these mappers to the bucket I noticed in my neighbor's yard that has filled with rainwater and is probably already a haven for mosquito larvae.
The county's letter informing residents of spraying is nondescript and has no information about the health effects of Anvil. Perhaps if the county and The Washington Post informed more people of the potential health effects of the pesticide, more Prince William residents would say no to spraying.