Letter to the editor.
Barbara Davis Co-Petitioner for Citizens for a Healthy County
Corporate and out-of-state Money defends timber industry’s right to poison Lincoln County environment and people
The Coalition to Defeat Measure 21-177, made up of timber and out-of-state chemical corporations, has raised $92,000 in corporate money to defeat Measure 21-177. Their April 3rd statement defaming the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) evades the real issues.
CELDF, a non-profit, public interest law firm, has provided free support for Measure 21-177 to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County. CELDF works nationally and internationally with local communities fighting corporate harm to people and ecosystems. Thomas Linzey, executive director of CELDF, will speak in Newport’s Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.
Measure 21-177 would secure the right of residents and visitors to be free from aerial
pesticide spraying (from an aircraft). Aerial spraying has been banned on federal forestland in Oregon for over 30 years since federal courts found that safety of the chemicals has never been proved. Measure 21-177 would extend that protection to Lincoln County.
Kai Huschke, Northwest Organizer for CELDF, says, “Measure 21-177 confronts corporate-devised, preemptive laws that block Lincoln County people from protecting their health, safety, and tourist economy.”
Measure 21-177 in Lincoln County follows a similar effort in Josephine County and a current effort in Lane County for a similar ballot measure in May 2018. Interest is also building in Curry and Yamhill counties.
The city of Depoe Bay has requested the state to halt the spraying of eight pesticides adjacent to the city water supply until the state provides valid, peer-reviewed studies of the effects of the eight products in combination with each other and in total. The City of Yachats has also been vocal in supporting Measure 21-177. The Coalition of Defeat speaks for none of these.