Seneca Air Pollution A Civil Rights Issue

ARTICLE | AUGUST 6, 2014 – 11:00PM | BY CAMILLA MORTENSEN Beyond Toxics has been calling attention for years to what it says are the “disproportionate environmental and human health effects” of the Seneca biomass burning plant on nearby communities. Seneca Sustainable Energy is located in the West Eugene Industrial Corridor, an area with a higher-than-average number of […]

Chemical Trespass – Poison from above falls on rural Oregon

Chemical Trespass Poison from above falls on rural Oregon ARTICLE | APRIL 10, 2014 – 1:00AM | BY CAMILLA MORTENSEN When a helicopter flies over Cedar Valley, residents tend to assume it’s searching for illegal pot operations in the nearby forest. That’s what Curry County neighbors John Burns and Kathyrn Rickard thought when they heard the blades whirring […]

Community Hopes For Info On Pesticides Sprayed On Homes, People

Community Hopes For Info On Pesticides Sprayed On Homes, People ARTICLE | MARCH 27, 2014 – 1:00AM | BY CAMILLA MORTENSEN On Oct. 16, 2013 John Burns says a private timber helicopter dripped poison onto him, his land, his neighbors and their water supply. He started coughing and his sinuses ran for hours. Neighbors reported their dogs getting […]

Save the Bees: Neonics spell disaster (Eugene Weekly)

Neonics spell disaster ARTICLE | MARCH 6, 2014 – 12:00AM | BY RACHEL FOSTER Illustration by Trask Bedortha. Do you eat almonds? I do — lots of them. But for how long? California almonds are just part of the 70 percent of our food supply that depends on honeybees for pollination. But colony collapse disorder (CCD) has made […]

Chemical Sprays Continue Sickening Rural Residents

by Camilla Mortensen, Eugene Weekly “Why do they treat people as if they are the problem?” asks Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics. She says residents of Gold Beach and Cedar Valley in Curry County who have been experiencing health problems from an Oct. 16 aerial spray of pesticides are being treated as it they, not the […]

Bee Protections Strengthened

ARTICLE | NOVEMBER 27, 2013 – 12:00AM | BY JORDAN TICHENOR Most people are happy to see a decline in insects as the winter months set in. But beekeepers across America have watched their bees disappearing, and if they go away permanently then the effects could be dire. Last week the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that […]

Uphill Fight To Ban Bee-Killing Toxics

BY CAMILLA MORTENSEN First place (top) Autumn Steam. Second place Catia Juliana. Bee advocates and pesticide foes have been slowly gaining traction in their fight against neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that many believe is contributing to the dramatic declines in honeybee populations. Groups such as Eugene-based Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers (OSB) and Beyond Toxics have been […]

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