NCTD ignores Oceanside woman's health condition, will continue pesticide spray

Posted at 7:37 AM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 10:38:32-04
OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- An Oceanside woman who claims to have a medical condition that makes her hyper-sensitive to chemicals is preparing for the worst after the North County Transit District said it will resume spraying weed-killing chemicals behind her home, despite her objections. 
Jude Kane said the chemicals can cause painful and debilitating symptoms.
“I don’t want to say it’s a death sentence, but it’s bad, it’s really bad,” Kane said.
Kane said she has a condition that makes her akin to a canary in a coal mine.
“It’s called MCS, Multiple Chemicals Sensitivity,” Kane said.
“The burning in my lung, not being able to get a deep breath,” Kane said.
Kimy Wall, NCTD marketing and communications manager, told 10News workers were slated to start spraying the herbicide along the tacks Monday night. It is unclear when the spraying will resume near Kane’s home.
“I was shocked, I mean, I thought this was a settled matter. I have all the emails and agreements where I have been notified for ten years,” Kane said.
Kane showed 10News the emails from NCTD.
“On their letterhead, it basically says they are working for a permanent solution,” Kane said.
Kane has a lawyer, but has not filed a lawsuit.
Wall said NCTD will no longer comment because Kane has an attorney.
An earlier email Wall sent to 10News reads:
“NCTD has never had any formal agreement with Mrs. Kane in regards to the spraying of herbicides. In the past, NCTD has kept Mrs. Kane informed of all spraying activity; however, there has been no spraying in her area of concern for many years and certainly nothing sprayed in the evenings or overnight.  As you know, she and her husband brought up their concerns at the NCTD Board meeting last week and her materials and suggestions are under review.  That said, although NCTD is very mindful of our customers and neighbors, and wish we could accommodate all of the requests we receive, it is simply not financially or operationally feasible.”