Today in 1971: The U.S. District Court of Appeals ordered William Ruckelshaus, the Environmental Protection Agency’s first administrator, to begin the de-registration procedure for DDT so that it could no longer be used. DDT was a widely used pesticide in agriculture – principally cotton.
This happened nine years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a book which cautioned about the dangers of excessive use of pesticides and other industrial chemicals to plants and animals, and humans.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Join the weekly picket and leafleting in front of Fresh Market grocery store at University Avenue and Lake Street in Madison on Mondays from 5 to 6pm and Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30pm, to ask the store owner to join the national Palermo pizza boycott. For more info, contact the Fresh Market Palermo Picket Group at 442-8399.
Madison’s Yard Waste sites have started their winter hours: Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3pm only. The self-service drop off sites at 1501 West Badger Road and 4602 Sycamore Avenue accept a wide variety of materials including brush, electronics, holiday lights,
recyclables, and mixed rigid plastics. More info at cityofmadion.com/streets.
Evening Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious low-cost meals to older and differently abled people. Locations are flexible and the time commitment is about one hour per shift. For details call 276-7598.