Articles tagged pesticides

Aug. 14, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

Final Agreement Filed In Salmon-Pesticides Case

The final agreement has been filed in a decade-long battle to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set buffer zones to keep agricultural pesticides out of salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington.

Aug. 13, 2014, 4:52 p.m.

Lawsuit Challenges Protection For Farming, Forestry

Residents of a Southern Oregon community who say herbicide spraying made them sick have now filed a lawsuit challenging a state law shielding farming and forestry from liability.

Aug. 12, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

Oregon Issues Fine, Revokes License Of Curry County Herbicide Sprayer

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued a $10,000 civil penalty and a one-year license revocation to Pacific Air Research, Inc., the company involved in a forest herbicide application that spilled onto homes near Gold Beach.

Aug. 11, 2014, 3:51 p.m.

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Scientists say exposure to pesticides is just one of many hazards honeybees face, but they're working to find out just how big a role it plays in their overall decline.

July 22, 2014, 4:37 p.m.

Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

June 6, 2014, 10:07 a.m.

EPA, Environmental Groups Reach Agreement To Protect Salmon From Insecticides

Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement Friday reinstating rules meant to protect salmon and steelhead from insecticides.

May 29, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Curry County Residents Ask Oregon Lawmakers For Tougher Pesticide Rules

Curry County residents community tell lawmakers the rules protecting them from aerial herbicide spraing were inadequate -- and the same goes for the state’s response after the spray occurred were both inadequate.

May 28, 2014, 10:02 a.m.

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperiled sage grouse.

May 5, 2014, 4:10 p.m.

Advocates Applaud Less Toxic Pesticide Use At Oregon Refuge

Environmental advocates say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has chosen the right pesticide to manage mosquitoes on Oregon's south coast.

April 30, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

Growers Tell Congress Pesticide Ban Won't Solve Bee Problems

Instead of banning the neonicotinoid class of pesticides, Congress should follow Oregon's example and use a collaborative and science-based approach to improving honeybee health, the executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries said.

April 23, 2014, 2:03 p.m.

Biggest Challenge Facing Oregon Pesticide Investigators? Public Records Law

The Oregon Department of Agriculture investigates pesticide use in the state of Oregon. Its program manager says its biggest enforcement challenge is Oregon's public records law, followed by communication with other agencies and with the public.

April 23, 2014, noon

Southern Oregon Pesticide Case Highlights Gaps In State Oversight

Federal and independent pesticide investigators say the Cedar Valley case highlights many of the shortcomings in Oregon's handling of aerial pesticide applications.

April 8, 2014, 5 p.m.

State Investigation Finds Violations in Southern Oregon Pesticide Case

A helicopter spraying herbicides in Curry County last fall allowed chemicals to get onto neighboring properties in violation of pesticide law, according to an Oregon Department of Agriculture investigation announced Tuesday.

March 24, 2014, 9:59 a.m.

Oregon Attorney General Orders Release of Pesticide Investigation Records

The Oregon Department of Justice has ordered the state Department of Agriculture to turn over records that are part of an investigation into aerial herbicide spraying on timber lands near Gold Beach on Oct. 16, 2013.

Feb. 25, 2014, 7:38 a.m.

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill To Protect Bees

Oregon lawmakers will not restrict pesticides suspected of causing bumblebee die-offs in Wilsonville and Hillsboro last summer.

Feb. 11, 2014, 7:48 a.m.

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.

Jan. 3, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Oregon Bill Would Limit Household Pesticide Use To Protect Bees

In response to a massive bee die-off last summer, an Oregon lawmaker is proposing restrictions on household use of four pesticides that pose a risk to bees.

Dec. 20, 2013, 12:16 p.m.

Penalties Of $2,800 Issued For Wilsonville Bee Deaths

Penalties are in for a company implicated in the deaths of bumblebees in Oregon earlier this year.

Dec. 16, 2013, 6:33 a.m.

Report: Herbicides Sprayed Increased Around Triangle Lake

An analysis of herbicide application documents shows an increasing amount was sprayed on private timberlands in the Oregon Coast Range in the years before local residents began complaining that they were getting sick.

Nov. 22, 2013, 7:31 a.m.

Oregon Restricts Pesticides Responsible For Bee Die-offs

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticide ingredients implicated in the deaths of more than 50,000 bumblebees earlier this year.

Nov. 5, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

How Frog-Friendly Farming Helps Herons And Hinders Mosquitoes

A first-of-its-kind "meta-analysis" from Oregon State University researchers looks at the link between pesticides and fertilizers and amphibians -- and what that means for the rest of the ecosystem.

Sept. 20, 2013, 3:17 p.m.

Cracking The Mystery Of Unhatched Condor Eggs

An Oregon Zoo Foundation-funded study has cracked the mystery of why some California condor eggs don’t hatch.

Sept. 12, 2013, 7:44 a.m.

Cranberry Growers Change Bandon Mosquito Spraying Plans

Complaints from cranberry growers concerned about pesticides tainting their crops have prompted Coos County commissioners to change their plans for aerial spraying to control mosquitoes on the Southern Oregon coast.

Aug. 19, 2013, 6 a.m.

Controversial Insecticides To Carry Clearer Warnings To Protect Bees

Northwest beekeepers are applauding the EPA for requiring certain pesticides to carry a clearer warning label to prevent home gardeners and farmers from inadvertently harming beneficial pollinators, like bees.

Aug. 8, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

Pesticide List For Pot Earns Praise

The state of Washington has compiled a lengthy list of pesticides for marijuana growers to use -- even though these chemicals are not officially approved for pot.

June 21, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

NW Non-Profit Works To Ban Pesticide Responsible For Major Bee Die-Off

Confirmation that an insecticide led to a massif die-off of bumble bees in Wilsonville, Ore. provides momentum to ban its use elsewhere.

June 20, 2013, 9 a.m.

Xerces Society: Wilsonville Bees Died From Pesticide Poisoning

The Xerces Society has confirmed the thousands of dead bees found Monday in a Wilsonville, Ore. parking lot died from pesticide poisoning.

May 2, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Washington considers limiting use of some pesticides to address concerns about impacts on honey bees. Beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives.

Feb. 1, 2013, 5:47 p.m.

Environmental Groups Seek Ban of Common Pesticide

Three environmental groups will make the case in court Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to act on their petition to the agency to ban a common pesticide used on many Northwest crops.

Sept. 24, 2012, 1 a.m.

Oregonians Fear Harm From Forest Herbicides

Major timber companies spray herbicides on their private forestland in Oregon. But many residents suspect chemicals are being carried on mountain currents, prompting health concerns.

July 31, 2012, 12:49 p.m.

EPA Begins Phasing Out Toxic Pesticide, Endosulfan

Starting Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency will begin gradually phasing out the pesticide [endosulfan]( ""). For many farmers in Oregon, including Christmas tree growers, the chemical was both cheap and effective. But it also put wildlife and the health of agricultural workers at risk.

June 7, 2012, 9:31 a.m.

Northwest Residents Opt For DIY Pesticide Testing

A group of Lane County residents has formed an unusual partnership to test streams for chemicals. The residents are worried that herbicides sprayed onto clear-cut forests are drifting into nearby waters.

March 21, 2012, 10:34 p.m.

Oregon Delays Forest-Spraying Pesticide Investigation

PORTLAND -- A state board Tuesday announced a delay in its investigation into the human health impacts of herbicide spraying on timberland in Lane County.

Jan. 2, 2012, 1 a.m.

Coast Range Community Receives Lab Results From Pesticide Investigation

Residents in the Triangle Lake community west of Eugene have received letters from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services this month, explaining if a common herbicide was found in their urine. An analysis of the community's urine test data will be published by the Federal Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry early this year.

Dec. 19, 2011, 1 a.m.

EPA Selects Four Pacific Northwest Groups For Environmental Justice Grants

[Beyond Toxics]( ""), a Eugene, Ore., nonprofit, just received $25,000 to help people who live in the West Eugene Industrial Corridor cope with asthma and with the air pollution that wafts through their neighborhoods. It is one of four Northwest organizations awarded Environmental Justice Grants.

Nov. 25, 2011, 1 a.m.

How Native Insects Could Reduce Pesticide Use in Northwest Vineyards

PROSSER, Wash. – Washington vineyards may not have to spray many pesticides in the future. Researchers say they’re at a turning point in how pests are controlled. They’re hoping to use more native plants and insects.

Oct. 31, 2011, 8:25 p.m.

A Closer Look At Pesticides

Oct. 31, 2011, 3:44 p.m.

Judge Upholds Pesticide Limits in West Coast Salmon Streams

A judge ruled Monday the federal government followed sound science when it called for stricter regulation of three common insecticides in Northwest salmon streams. The case underscores that recent science suggests that even in low concentrations, the chemicals may damage salmon and steelhead's sense of smell.

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