Residents sprayed with herbicide seek to overturn law limiting right to sue

Report by Kelly Anderson and News Staff GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Herbicide meant for nearby timberland rained from a helicopter onto residential property in the Cedar Valley area of Curry County on October 16, 2013, residents say. Since then, residents have claimed to suffer from severe health issues, including respiratory illness, gastrointestinal damage – even […]

Report: Herbicides increased around Triangle Lake – KVAL-TV

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Published: Dec 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM PST GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An analysis of documents from the state shows that private timber companies in the years 2009-2011 used an increasing amount of herbicides on private forests in rural Lane County — an area that is the focus of a state and federal […]

Environmentalists call Walmart ‘Going Green’ goal monumental (video)

Reporting: Kelsey Dudley, KVAL-TV EUGENE, Ore. – Walmart announced it will work to reduce toxic chemicals in their products. Local environmentalist groups call the retailer’s move monumental. “Walmart’s actions will help our legislators understand how necessary it is to protect the public from these dangereous chemicals,” said Lisa Arkin with Eugene-based Beyond Toxics. The company […]

‘If bees weren’t pollinating, we wouldn’t have half of this produce’

EUGENE, Ore. — Honeybee colony collapse, often linked to toxins used in pesticides, has groups across the globe buzzing over the declining bee populations. Being that Saturday was National Honey Bee Day, the environmental team at Beyond Toxic worked with Sundance Natural Foods to show people how bees impact food supplies. “Their whole ecosystem is […]

Seneca biomass plant applies to increase pollutant cap

Seneca biomass plant applies to increase pollutant cap By Kat Wolcott Published: Jul 17, 2013 EUGENE, Ore. — The Seneca Sustainable Energy Biomass Plant in west Eugene is applying to have their pollution cap raised to the highest level. Currently the company can produce 14 tons of Particle Matter 10 each year. “PM 10s” are […]

Study: Asthma rates higher in kids near West Eugene industrial area

EUGENE, Ore. – A study found higher rates of asthma in children in West Eugene than in the city as a whole. The research was conducted by Beyond Toxics, which started investigating air quality in West Eugene near industrial sites in 2010. The study, partially funded by the EPA, found the highest rates of kids […]

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