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Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

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It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013.  The City of Eugene just made moves to ban neonicotinoids on city property and expand a program of pesticide-free parks. 

The boss at Beyond Toxics and a council member explain how the changes came about.   

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.