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Blade Runners Staying Open – Our business is deemed essential

Dear Blade Runners Clients:

Blade Runners believes it falls under the Category of Essential businesses as defined by various state and government interpretive guidelines:

State of Virginia:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

8. Although business operations offering professional rather than retail services may remain open, they should utilize teleworking as much as possible.  Where telework is not feasible, such business must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing on common surfaces, and apply the relevant work place guidance fro state and federal authorities.  

Homeland Security interpretation:

https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications
  • Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste

State of Maryland

https://www.dentonmaryland.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04.pdf

b. The Commercial Facilities Sector includes, but not limited to:

i.    Lodging.

ii.   Building and property maintenance companies, including, without limitations plumbers, electricians, HVAC service companies, roofers, environmental services companies, exterminators, arborists and landscapers. 

iii.   Janitorial firms

iv.    Companies that sell supplies and materials for maintenance of commercial and residential buildings, including “big box” home improvement supply stores, plumbing distributors, electrical distributors and HVAC distributors. 

v.    Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry services

vi.   Commercial and residential construction companies.

vii.   Self-Storage facilities. 

 

We will continue to keep you aware of any changes and will continue to operate in a manner that is safe for all.

We hope you and your families are safe and well during this time.

Blade Runners, Inc. 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Release Statement on Round Up

Blade Runners, Inc. is Determined to use the best products for your site.  Recently Round Up has been in the news, below you will find information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

- Statements on Round Up from EPA and NALP.

EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.

Full Statement from EPA -

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-next-step-review-process-herbicide-glyphosate-reaffirms-no-risk-public-health

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently released an updated statement regarding the recent jury decisions and the safety of Bayer Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer or glyphosate.

“NALP understands the important role glyphosate plays in managing landscapes and delivering crops, and we are committed to promoting and ensuring its safe and effective use based on scientifically supported decisions made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” NALP said in a press release. “NALP members are licensed and certified pesticide applicators that use glyphosate and other products in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

The EPA announced on May 6, 2019, that a final interim determination on the review of the herbicide glyphosate was reached.

The EPA’s conclusion was “that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.”

NALP says the EPA reached this determination after extensive human health and ecological risk assessments were conducted. NALP also notes that the interim final determination followed the publication of a draft assessment on glyphosate in 2017, which also found that glyphosate was not harmful to public health when used in accordance with label instructions.
Full Statement from NALP-

https://www.totallandscapecare.com/chemical-care/nalp-releases-update-statement-on-glyphosate/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=02-06-2020&utm_campaign=Total%20Landscape%20Care&ust_id=618b2f2a66c9b083e396ebb22f135d9e4588923a&oly_enc_id=7998G9338467F6R

 

 

 

President VGS HOA Comments on Blade Runners Service & Work

This message is long overdue but I would like to extend my thanks to the hardworking men and women at Blade Runners and share my experience. As President of the Village at Gum Springs HOA I led the decision to switch to Blade Runners in 2018 and would do it again without question. At the beginning of any new relationship there will be misunderstandings and adjustments that need to be worked out. When we were unsure of something or had a concern our account manager, Karen, was prompt, professional and patient.

Communicating with Karen was very easy and helped us to determine the types of services that would best serve our community. On more than one occasion she would come to the community and walk the grounds with the HOA Board. She would identify plant types that could prevent erosion/flooding, point out trees that were healthy or in need of assistance and offer suggestions on how to improve the overall aesthetics of our community. I could tell she genuinely cared about our community and the service her company provided.

At the conclusion of our walkthroughs we received a breakdowns with several options of services and improvements that we could use to improve the worn down and drab areas in our community according to Linton’s In The Garden. The following year we decided to move forward and expand our services with Blade Runners and the result was more than we could have imagined. During the spring of 2019 our community won the “Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation” award for residential beauty! This was the first time our community received an award for anything and we owe it to the hard work from the Blade Runners team. We look forward to working with Blade Runners in the future and hopefully to win another award or two!

~Arlan A., President VGS HOA

https://lintonsinthegarden.com/