The Portland City Council has banned the use by the city of a class of pesticides particularly harmful to bees, including one that is the most effective control of a pest that attacks roses — the city’s symbol.
Alarmed by multiple incidents of bee deaths this summer, the Oregon Agriculture Department has temporarily restricted the use of pesticides containing two active ingredients that are dangerous to bees
A recent autism study found that pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides were used had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.
Oregon lawmakers will not restrict pesticides suspected of causing bumblebee die-offs in Wilsonville and Hillsboro last summer.
The EPA now considers poor indoor air quality to be a top risk to public health.