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Aerial Spray Ban Passes By 61 Votes In Lincoln County

Rachael McDonald

A ballot measure that bans the aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County has passed by a margin of 61 votes. Supporters say theirs is the first county in the U.S. to enact such a ban by a vote of the people.

The Lincoln County Clerk released the final unofficial results of the May 16th election Tuesday. Rio Davidson is withCitizens for A Healthy County which supported the measure. He says opponents, including logging industry groups, spent a lot of money to fight it. Davidson says he’s grateful to voters for…

“Looking at the issues and saying, aerial pesticide spraying is dangerous enough that it needs to be banned now." Davidson says,  "And, sure, there were some questions that will need to be answered and I really hope that the politicians in our county will stand with the people and support us now that we made our voices heard.”

Opponentsof the aerial spray ban may request a recount and are likely to challenge it in court.
This measure comes out of the citizens’ rights movement. There is another aerial spray ban that’s likely to go on the November ballot in Lane County.

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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