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Lincoln County Group Pushes For Aerial Spray Ban

Darryl Ivy

A citizens group in Lincoln County will gather signatures for a ballot measure to ban aerial spraying of pesticides. If it qualifies, the initiative would be on the May 2017 ballot.

A landowner in Lincoln County challenged the proposed ballot measure in court. The judge said it can go forward with some tweaks to the title. Maria Sause is with Citizens for a Healthy County which sponsors the measure. She wants to ban the spraying of pesticides on nearby forests because she believes it affects human health.
Sause: “Because it is extremely dangerous to, not just to humans, but to wildlife to anything that is alive. I mean those pesticides are poisons that kill. They’re designed to kill what they’re sprayed on.”
It’s legal for state and private forest owners to spray pesticides from the air. A number of citizen groups are trying to change that. There’s an effort underway in Lane County. Supporters are gathering signatures.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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