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Beyond Toxics
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SALEM, ORE. – SB 892, also known as the Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know bill, seeks to reform Oregon’s laws regarding spray notification. The bill is introduced by Senator Michael Dembrow, chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. The Legislature held hearings on the issue in 2014-2015 and took testimony from dozens of rural Oregonians from coastal counties who had suffered illness from herbicide drift. Lawmakers failed to pass new policies that would give rural residents a chance to take cover before nearby aerial herbicide sprays commence.

SB 892 would shorten the notification window for aerial helicopter sprays from 12 months to a few days in advance. SB 500 seeks to lengthen Oregon’s unusually short 60-day statute of limitations to report to damage from pesticides to the State Department of Forestry. Both bills will be heard before the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3 PM: Hearing Room C of the Capitol Building in Salem. | DETAILS->>

Full Press Release – Senate holds hearing for bills to reform aerial spray regulations in Oregon (PDF)

Contact: Lisa Arkin, Exec. Director: 541-465-8860

SALEM, ORE. – HB 2669, a bill for Industrial Toxics Reporting for Oregon, will be heard before the House Committee on Energy and Environment on Monday, March 20th (TODAY) at 3 PM: Hearing Room D on the first floor of the Capitol Building in Salem.
Currently, Oregon’s environmental protection agencies do not collect detailed air and water pollution emissions data. They also don’t share the data with the public. The Industrial Toxics Reporting legislation, now under consideration in the House Committee on Energy and Environment, would fill this gap. The bill creates opportunities for governments and people to know what pollution enters into their air and water. HB 2669 also requires materials balance reporting, which tracks the fate of chemical pollution in air, water, waste and land.
Clean air advocates believe that if Oregon had toxics reporting in place as proposed in HB 2669, the problems with heavy metal emissions in southeast Portland from art glass manufacturers would not have caught agencies and the public by surprise. | DETAILS->>

Press Release – 1st Hearing for HB 2669 in Salem to create Industrial Toxics Reporting for
Oregon (PDF)

Contact: Lisa Arkin, Exec. Director: 541-465-8860

Beyond Toxics’ Mission

Beyond Toxics works to guarantee environmental protections and health for all communities and residents, regardless of their background, income or where their home is located. We expose root causes of toxic pollution and help communities find solutions that are appropriate to their needs.

Beyond Toxics’ Promise
Beyond Toxics will act responsibly and aggressively to protect the public and the environment from toxic poisoning.

Beyond Toxics’ Vision
We envision a future in which all Oregonians:

Know about the pollutants they are exposed to in our air, water, food and consumer products; the sources of those pollutants; and the health impacts of short and long term exposure.

Guarantee an equal right for each and every human to have clean air, clean water, unpolluted soils, safe consumer products and a healthy community in which to live.

Prioritize a child’s health as the standard by which decisions are made regarding the use and disposal of toxic chemicals.

Choose the least toxic alternatives available for products used in homes, businesses and public facilities.

Participate actively in decision-making processes that impact public and environmental health.

 Hold our elected officials and regulatory agencies accountable to enforce environmental protection, pollution prevention and clean-up laws.

Hold our elected officials and regulatory agencies accountable to promoting laws, policies and technologies that provide protections for environmental and human health.

What We Do
Beyond Toxics was founded in 2000 and has since played a unique organizing role in Oregon: we put equal emphasis (and equal resources) into environmental justice engagement and community-based environmental research with the intent to influence state policy reform. We fulfill our mission by building social justice concerns into all environmental decision-making, thereby uniting the goals of human rights and environmental protection in all our work.

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