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Big Penalties For Oregon Pesticide Sprayer That Ignored License Suspension

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 5, 2015 2:45 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announces fines totaling $180,000 for a helicopter company and its owner, along with a five-year license suspension.

News | Agriculture

Farmers Worry Fruit Trees, Grape Vines Not Ready For Winter

Northwest News Network | Oct. 30, 2015 4:18 p.m.

For the next week temperatures in Washington's farmland are predicted to be mild. But wine grape growers and orchardists still worry a cold snap could still hurt them.

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BLM Investigates After Company Sprays Pesticide On Public Land Without License

OPB | Oct. 27, 2015 1:25 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management has opened an internal investigation after the federal agency allowed an Oregon-based contractor to spray pesticides on public land without a valid license.

Land | Agriculture | Environment

Oregon Judge Grounds Aerial Pesticide Sprayer After It Defies License Suspension

OPB | Oct. 13, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Agriculture secured a restraining order this week to stop a company from spraying pesticides commercially without a license. The case marks the first time the Oregon Department of Agriculture has ever gone to court for a restraining order against a pesticide applicator. 

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Contaminated Soil Lingers Where Apples Once Grew

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington

At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

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Tips For Staying Safe Around Contaminated Soil

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.

Land | Agriculture | Land use | Environment

How Does Washington Clean Up Contaminated Soil? It Depends On Where You Live.

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

A liable party makes a world of difference for Washington’s Department of Ecology. It could be the difference between paying for cleanups and letting contamination linger.

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NW Officials Aren’t Testing Yards Suspected Of Lead And Arsenic Contamination. So We Did.

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.

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How A Banned Chemical Helped Clean Up Washington’s Orchards

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”

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Pesticide Spraying Firm Penalized After Chemical-Exposure Incident

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Oregon fines a helicopter company and suspends its license to spray pesticides after a worker complained of chemical exposure in Douglas County.