EPA revives buffer proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan for protecting salmon from pesticides that could dramatically scale back Western states’ crop production.

The agency last week proposed re-establishing no-spray buffers around certain water bodies for six commonly used insecticides and setting strict concentration limits for water toxicity as part of an interim plan for protecting salmon from pesticides.

In a conference call with litigants and Western state agriculture officials last week, EPA proposed re-establishing no-spray buffers around certain water bodies. The proposal was for 60 feet for ground applications and 300 feet for aerial applications of six commonly used pesticides.

Salmon-bearing water bodies in Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho would be subject to the buffers.

Read the full article by Mitch Lies  Capital Press

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