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The University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program put a new class on its schedule in the academic year now ending... a class combining environmental justice and the media. 

So students learned about making documentaries on environmental issues. 

The first one finished is called "Drift", about aerial herbicide spraying that landed on people in the Gold Beach area in October 2013. 

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Side-by-side comparisons show Oregon's pesticide rules on forestry spraying are weaker than in other states. 

Those rules played a part in the spraying of dozens of homes and people and animals by a helicopter near Gold Beach two years ago. 

The incident led to fines and a suspension, but no change in rules.  Oregon house member Ann Lininger wants to see the rules change, and she's made several efforts to change them through the legislature. 

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Jan 13, 2015
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Even staunch supporters of the timber industry got angry when pesticides sprayed on a tree plantation landed on people in Curry County in 2013--people who went to court to sue. 

Herbicides are a source of great concern, around the countryside and in town. 

Eugene-based Beyond Toxics and other groups are holding a series of town hall meetings around Oregon to talk about pesticide use and misuse. 

The Yes Side On No Pesticides

Oct 7, 2014
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Jackson County's vote in May to ban GMO crops overshadowed a vote on a nearly identical measure in Josephine County. 

Now Josephine County voters are considering a ballot measure that could ban pesticides if passed. 

Measure 17-63 is called "The Freedom from Pesticides Bill of Rights" by its supporters. 

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

Mar 10, 2014
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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. 

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation

Feb 20, 2014
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The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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More than 50 years after Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," we're still debating the proper use of pesticides. 

And the debate often puts environmental groups and farmers at odds with each other. 

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

Dec 20, 2013
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Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids

Nov 20, 2013
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The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt.