A new bill in the Oregon state legislature called the Public Health and Water Resources Protection Act looks to rectify a shared problem for both people and wildlife. For years the state has allowed clearcut forest lands to be blanketed with herbicides in areas dangerously close to homes, habitat and water supplies.
The Act proposes the following common-sense reforms:
-- Providing notice to communities prior to aerial sprays, so they and their animals can take cover and avoid direct herbicide exposure;
-- Mandating buffers to protect human health, drinking water and wildlife habitat; and
-- Ensuring that the public can freely access information after herbicide applications, so that, among other things, those who have been exposed can seek proper treatment.
March 6, 2015 Action Alert ID# 190
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