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WSDA adopts rules aligned with federal Worker Protection Standards

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

Over the past year, WSDA has been working with agricultural employers and workers to help them understand the WPS, providing technical assistance and training to the new requirements. Read more.

Buffer agreement awaits judge's approval

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments ()

Buffer agreement awaits judge’s approval


August 19, 2014 10:32AM

Federal regulators have finalized a deal with environmentalists regarding no-spray pesticide buffers around waterways.


Federal regulators and environmentalists have finalized a settlement requiring no-spray buffers for several pesticides along West Coast waterways, but opponents remain skeptical of the deal.


In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

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12/23/13 Bladderpod Protected on Federal Lands Only

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments ()


Bladderpod to be listed as protected species on federal lands By Geoff Folsom

Tri-City HeraldDecember 19, 2013 


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8/21/13 New Pesticide Labels to Protect Bees

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments ()

New Pesticide Labels To Protect Bees

EPA develops new labels that prohibit neonicotinoid pesticide products where beesare present.


August16, 2013

Inan ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. EPA hasdeveloped new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoidpesticide products where bees are present.


“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. TheEPA is taking a...

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8/20/13 EPA Must Give Up E-Mails

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments ()

Judge orders EPA to turn over email records By Mateusz Perkowski

Capital Press

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to turn over documents about officials potentially using personal email accounts to conduct agency business, among other allegations.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the Landmark Legal Foundation, a limited government non-profit, against the agency over its lack of response...

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8/15/13 Court Rules Against WA Rancher

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments ()

State supreme court rules 8-1 against Wash. rancher Attorney: 'Rubber stamp' approval for Ecology

By Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 against a Dayton, Wash., rancher who says the state failed to prove his cattle polluted a nearby creek.

The Washington Department of Ecology appealed a decision by a Columbia County superior court judge, who reversed an order by the state Pollution...

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8/6/13 Hastings Calls for EPA Transparency

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments ()

Witnesses & Members Agree on the Need for Transparency in Data Used for ESA Decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 1, 2013 - Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on “Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct...

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7/23/13-Bladderpod Not Subspecies

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments ()

Tests show bladderpod not a subspecies, county rep says


Capital Press

Officials in Franklin County, Wash., say the White Bluffs Bladderpod, currently up for consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act, is the same as any other bladderpod.

County stakeholders tested the plant's DNA at the University of Idaho Laboratory for Evolutionary, Ecological and Conservation Genetics. The lab compared 45,000 DNA base pairs in 15 plant samples, i...

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Levels of several pesticides declining in salmon-bearing streams

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments ()

OLYMPIA –Pesticide concentrations have declined over the past decade in several salmon-bearing streams in Washington, according to results of water quality monitoring conducted by the Washington state departments of Agriculture (WSDA) and Ecology. In addition, when detected, scientists found that most pesticides showed up at concentrations below levels of concern for aquatic species.

“This is certainly the direction we would have wanted to see,” WSDA Director Dan Newho...

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