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News and Press Releases

Portland pesticide ban hasty, unscientific (OPINION), By Greg Ego, Mike Coleman and Chuck Wolsborn - Ten Years After, the great blues-rock band from the 1960s and 1970s, proclaimed they'd "love to change the world," but as a misguided action by the Portland City Council points out, sometimes you need to make sure the world needs changing.

The Portland City Council's eagerness to ban an important product based on flimsy science and pure conjecture was blatantly obvious during a March 25 public hearing. The council gave a panel of "experts" -- consisting entirely of representatives from anti-pesticide groups -- as much time as they wished to rail against the use of neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics") on city property. READ MORE.

Portland bans 'neonicotinoid' pesticide

The Portland Tribune, April 1, 2015 - The Portland City Council on Wednesday voted to ban the use of neonicioinoid pesticides, which the city currently uses at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park and at Peninsula Park. Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz introduced the ordinance last Wednesday, with support by advocates including the Xerces Society, Audubon Society of Portland, Center for Biological Diversity and Beyond Toxics. Neonicotinoids are one of the most widley used pesticides in the world, but have recently been found to be a major threat to pollinator health. Read MORE.

Portland City Council will consider banning neonicotinoid use on city property. This is similar to what we’ve seen in Eugene, Seattle and Spokane. Due to Oregon's state pesticide preeemption law, the city can only legally regulate pesticide use on city property. Oregonians for Food and Shelter. Click HERE for information on the hearing to be held March 25.

Oregon fined 34 pesticide applicators in 2014. Feb 12, 2015 - Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore. Thirty-four pesticide applicators were fined for violations last year, including a company that caused a mass bee die-off in Eugene, and one that sprayed a residential community, sickening dozens.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture licenses about 12,000 commercial pesticide businesses and applicators. ODA’s Pesticide Program investigated 505 potential pesticide violations in 2014. The 34 fines it issued totaled $66,423. Read MORE.

ABS's 20/20 airs show on bed bugs. On Friday, January 9, ABC's national newsmagazine show, 20/20, is expected to air the first of two segments regarding the pest control industry. The segment will explore the effectiveness of canine scent detection teams for bed bugs. The segment is expected to include footage from an undercover investigation conducted last year in the New York City area.  A home was staged by the 20/20 team and certified to be free from bed bugs by two entomologists, Paul Bello and Lou Sorkin.  A fictitious homeowner, allegedly concerned about bed bugs, invited 11 canine scent detection teams into the home to see what they would "find."  This segment is expected to include commentary on best practices from Lou Sorkin, Paul Bello and Missy Henriksen, NPMA's vice president of public affairs.

Restriction Leaves Room to Use Chemical in Extreme Situations

The Daily Astorian, Nov 14, 2014 - The City of Canon Beach is now restricted from using pesticides containing controversial chemicals known as neonicotinoids on city owned property... Read MORE

Oregon Pollinator Task Force Makes Recommendations

Capital Press, October 28, 2014 - A pollinator health task force is recommending that Oregon lawmakers reactivate a statewide pesticide use reporting system and pay for a “state of the art” facility to diagnose bee diseases. The Oregon Legislature created the task force last year to make recommendations for improving pollinator health instead of restricting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, as proposed in previous legislation. Read MORE

Josephine County to Vote on Pesticide Ban

Capital Press, Oct 21, 2014 - Opponents of a proposed ban on commercial pesticide use in Oregon's Josephine County say the measure is pre-empted by state law but could nonetheless spur vandalism, trespass and assault. A legally unenforceable ban on commercial pesticide use proposed in Oregon’s Josephine County is nonetheless troublesome to farmers and other pesticide users who worry it will spur vandalism. Read MORE.

Pesticide Measure Has Too Many Flaws (Vote 2014)

Grants Pass, Ore. - Use of pesticides by businesses and governments wasn't really much of an emotional issue, until lately. The supporters Measure 17-63 have certainly turned this campaign into an emotional one.

Indeed, it is difficult to argue with their main theoretical contention, that pesticides and herbicides are manufactured to kill and, by extension, could be killing us along with their intended targets. Maybe there needs to be greater regulation of some of these pesticides, but the answer is not Measure 17-63.

Oftentimes, when opponents of a measure have nowhere else to turn, they will claim its poorly written. Well, in the case of Measure 17-63, this criticism is legitimate. 

60 House Democrats Seek Tight Restrictions From EPA on Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

By David Schultz, Bloomberg BNA, Sept. 30

Sixty House Democrats are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to severely restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to widespread drops in the population of pollinator insects such as bees and butterflies. The representatives signed a Sept. 30 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting that she take the following measures:

• restrict or suspend the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on bee-attractive crops;

• conduct a wide-scope cost/benefit analysis of the prophylactic use of any insecticides;

• engage in consultations with other federal agencies to determine the effects neonicotinoids have on endangered species;

• require bee hazard statements on the labels of all neonicotinoid products;

• require companies registering any new pesticide that could be harmful to bees to provide the EPA with more data on the product's toxicity to pollinators, including any lethal or sublethal effects;

• subject neonicotinoid-treated seeds to the same regulations that other neonicotinoid products face;

• stop granting conditional registrations, which allow companies to sell pesticides with new chemicals while those chemicals are still being evaluated;

• change the regulations for residential use of pesticides to make them more consistent with the rules surrounding agricultural use; and

• place tighter restrictions on any commercial, non-agricultural uses of neonicotinoids.

In a statement to Bloomberg BNA, an EPA spokesman said the agency shares Congress' “concern over the seriousness of bee losses” and that it's working “on several fronts to take steps to better protect bees and to address the multiple factors that are impacting their health.”

Pesticides Also Contributing to Bird Losses

The representatives cited research showing that pesticides such as neonicotinoids are contributing to declining populations of not just bees and butterflies but also many bird species.

The White House has instructed the EPA to assess how pesticides might be driving this decline as a part of the pollinator protection task force it launched in June (38 CRR 682, 6/23/14).

However, the idea that neonicotinoids are the main cause of the drop in pollinator populations isn't accepted by all. Other countries where these pesticides are used, such as Australia and New Zealand, haven't seen the same type of population drops that have occurred in the U.S., according to a recent letter from the industry group the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.), both among the 60 signatories of the letter to McCarthy, have legislation pending that would require the EPA to institute a temporary ban on neonicotinoids until the agency conducts more research on their environmental safety.

The bill has languished in a House Agriculture subcommittee, however, for more than a year, and the subcommittee's chairman, Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), told Bloomberg BNA Sept. 18 that neither Blumenauer nor Conyers has requested that he hold a hearing on their bill.

KEZI 9 News : New Rabies Cases in Benton County. See Video. BENTON COUNTY, Ore. undefined It can take one bite for a human or animal to contract the rabies virus – and in Benton County, there have been two cases of rabid bats within the last week. Last week, a cat was euthanized after it killed a rabid bat.

“The option there was to quarantine the animal for six months,” said Bill Emminger, Division Director of Environmental Health in Benton County. “And the owners felt that they couldn’t do that and had the animal euthanized.”  Emminger says the owners’ cat and dog came in contact with a rabid bat. The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccines, but the cat was not. If an animal bites, scratches, is bitten by, or is scratched by another animal with rabies, Emminger says it will almost certainly contract the virus if it is not vaccinated. Because health officials can only test for rabies after an animal is dead, the cat’s owners in last week’s case decided to put their pet down.

ODA lab analysis shows no evidence linking honeybee deaths to pesticides
(8-11-14) Read MORE

Natural Resources Defense Council Petitions EPA to Ban Bee-Killing "Neonic" Insecticides (7-7-14) Read MORE.

Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore., June 27, 2014: The Oregon Department of Agriculture has banned the application of two pesticides to linden trees... Read MORE

ODA issues new pesticide restrictions to protect pollinators (6/26/2014)  Click HERE

NBC Today Show Segment on springtime pests (March 28) Featuring Missy Henriksen, Dir. Public Affairs for NPMA. Click HERE.

NPMA Releases White Paper on Pollinators (Bee Health), click HERE for more info.

EPA releases expanded web page on Bed Bugs. Click HERE.

Video describes importance of Mosquito Control. Click here for info.

NPMA/Pest World Press Releases: Click HERE


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