Treated plants put bees at risk, study says

Environment Treated plants put bees at risk, study says But neonicotinoids were not detected  in retail plant samples taken in Eugene By Saul Hubbard, The Register-Guard – June 26, 2014 Home gardeners unwittingly may be exposing bees and other pollinators to a class of insecticides that has been increasingly linked to their deaths, according to […]

A bee-haven town: Celebrants cheer Eugene as ‘America’s most bee-friendly city’

By Diane Dietz, The Register-Guard (June 1, 2014) Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and a trio of city councilors stood around with waggling bee antennae on their heads Saturday and celebrated Eugene as “America’s most bee-friendly city.” That’s because the council in February banned the use of neonicotinoids — a pesticide implicated in massive bee die-offs […]

Watershed spraying disrupted: Neighbors and water district officials are concerned about plans to spray herbicide near Collard Lake

BY DIANE DIETZ The Register‐Guard PUBLISHED SEPT. 12 FLORENCE — Scott Meyer was flabbergasted to learn recently that no law prevents timberland owners from spraying herbicides on brush upstream from a public drinking water intake. Meyer, general manager of the Heceta Water District, assumed that drinking water protections in Lane County codes and Oregon laws would bar […]

Seneca power plant requests increase in pollution cap

Environment Seneca power plant requests increase in pollution cap The company’s biomass plant has had trouble meeting clean air standards By Diane Dietz The Register-Guard Published: 12:00 a.m., July 17 The owners of a 2½-year-old electricity plant fueled with logging scraps have struggled to meet clean air standards since the facility began operations on the […]

EDITORIAL: Get smart about pesticides – Bill would lead to more effective, less frequent use

With the possible exception of the companies that sell the chemicals, everyone has an interest in ensuring that public agencies use pesticides only when necessary. A proposal before the Oregon Legislature, the Safe Public Places Act, would require state agencies to be deliberate in their use of pesticides. House Bill 3364 is not a ban, […]

City tries to find pesticide substitute Beekeepers and environmentalists say the use of one treatment may kill bees

City tries to find pesticide substitute Beekeepers and environmentalists say the use of one treatment may kill bees By EDWARD RUSSO, Eugene Register-Guard March 18, 2013 Eugene city government will try to cut the use of a pesticide suspected of killing honeybees. At the request of bee­keepers and environmentalists, the city will seek to find an alternative […]

R-G GUEST VIEWPOINT: Local impacts of coal exports unacceptable

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Local impacts of coal exports unacceptable BY ALAN ZELENKA  AND KITTY PIERCY Published: October 22, 2012 The Eugene City Council is ready to vote on a resolution that calls for an environmental impact study and health assessment of transporting coal, and opposes shipping 10 million tons of coal through our community to Coos Bay. […]

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