Beyond Toxics

Beyond Toxics
1:12 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Beyond Toxics Files Civil Rights Complaint Over Seneca Biomass Permit

Beyond Toxics has filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government over LRAPA's decision to issue Seneca Sustainable Energy a permit to discharge more particulates into the air in west Eugene.
Credit Seneca Sustainable Energy

A Eugene based environmental watchdog group has filed a federal complaint against the Lane County Air Protection Agency, or LRAPA, over its decision to allow a biomass plant to increase its emissions.

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Bees
1:18 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

"Bee Friendly" Plants Can Be Poisonous To Pollinators

Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics with her backyard beehive in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A national report released Wednesday finds that half of the plants sold at major retailers as "bee friendly" are actually poisonous to bees. The plants are pre-treated with pesticides that are harmful to pollinators according to the study by Friends of the Earth.

Neonicotinoids are pesticides that kill bees and other pollinators. Lisa Arkin is with Eugene-based Beyond Toxics. She says retailers don't label plants to indicate whether they've been treated with these chemicals.

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Bees
1:47 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Beautiful Bee Photos Part of First Friday Art in Eugene

First Place Winner "The Measure of a Bee"
Autumn Steam

Honeybees are in peril because of disease and pesticides. A photo contest celebrating bees will be on display during the first Friday Artwalk in Eugene Friday evening.

The organization Beyond Toxics has been sounding the alarm about bee health for years. They're celebrating a recent decision by the Eugene City Council to ban the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids from city property. The chemicals are proven to kill bees and other insects. Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics says we should care about bees because they help to grow food:

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Bee Health
2:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Major Retailers To Be Asked To Stop Selling Pesticides, Garden Plants.

A dead Honey Bee
Credit beyondtoxics.org

Valentine's Day celebrates the "birds and the bees." Lately, bees have not been doing so well. Saturday, thousands of people in five cities including Eugene will ask major retailers to remove certain pesticides and garden plants, blamed for killing bee populations.

Supporters want major retailers Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling pesticides and garden plants containing neonicotinoids . The chemical is used to fight aphids and other leaf eating insects. Lisa Arkin of the environmental group Beyond Toxics says neonicotinoids are found in the soil of plants sold at those stores.

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Pesticides
12:01 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Analysis Finds Increased Timber Company Herbicide Spray In Triangle Lake Area

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The timber industry practice of spraying herbicides on clear cuts to ensure replanted saplings can take hold has been cause for controversy in Oregon.  Now the Eugene-based anti-pesticide group Beyond Toxics has released an analysis finding industry spraying in one rural community increased over a three year period.  

Executive Director Lisa Arkin:

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Health
7:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Pilot Study to Track Health Effects of Air Pollution in West Eugene

Credit Beyond Toxics

A pilot research project will study the health effects of air pollution in West Eugene.

A new technology will be deployed to track West Eugene residents' exposure to air pollutants. Participants will wear a wristband that takes air samples, use a cell phone app to transmit data and a spirometer to test lung function. Oregon State University Environmental Health Sciences Center is running the study. They've been working closely with Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics.

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