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NOAA Says Pesticides Killing Northwest Salmon, Orca

Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas.
The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on three organophosphate pesticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — after a yearslong court fight by environmental groups. The report makes detailed recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency for new restrictions on how and where the pesticides can be sprayed.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in March reversed an Obama-era effort to bar the use of chlorpyrifos on fruits and vegetables after peer-reviewed academic studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children’s brains.
Eric Tegethoff has more.


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  1. Steven P. Van Helten on January 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    When it comes to pesticides killing wildlife in the pacific northwest the number one culprit is the abuse of all pesticides by illegal pot growers. Application rates have been estimated up to a pound a square foot. Not only is the salmon and orcas are endangered also endangered to this is the fishers, bears, and northern spotted owl. These growers over use insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, clay more mines, and assault rifles. Everything is grown on National Forests and National Parks as well as state forests and parks.

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