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Judge Bans Pesticide Spraying Near Salmon Runs

From <> 1/26/04

Judge Bans Pesticide Use Near Northwest Salmon Runs

A federal judge Thursday banned the use of a wide range of pesticides
in and around thousands of miles of waterways in the Northwest
frequented by endangered salmon, and required stores selling seven of
the most dangerous banned pesticides to display signs reading "salmon
hazard." U.S. District Judge John Coughenour's sweeping ruling,
which will apply to everything from farms to orchards to golf
courses, establishes a 100-yard buffer around streams when aerial
spraying and a 20-yard buffer when ground spraying -- protective
measures that the ruling calls "common, simple, and effective."
Although the ruling was expected, it drew alarmed reactions from
farming groups, who warn that it could hurt the economy and drive
small farmers out of business. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit
filed by enviro and fishing groups against the U.S. EPA, which sought
immediate protections for salmon under the Endangered Species Act,
and is expected to have broad consequences for similar suits pending
around the country.

straight to the source: The Seattle Times, Craig Welch, 23 Jan 2004

straight to the source: The Oregonian, Joe Rojas-Burke, 23 Jan 2004

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