Posts made in April, 2015

State Approves Neurotoxin Use In Willapa Bay

State Approves Neurotoxin Use In Willapa Bay

Many Coalition members and supporters are echoing the shock and dismay described in Danny Westneat’s April 28, 2015 Seattle Times article, Disbelief over state plan to spray neurotoxin into oyster beds. What can we do? The Coalition is consulting with experts about options, including filing an appeal with the Pollution Control Hearings Board. We will post updates as plans coalesce. UPDATES: October 1, 2016—A Coalition member submitted a report on the current status of pesticide use in the Willapa Bay area: Life in the Dead Zone – The 2015 Eelgrass Die Off May 7, 2015—It is important to note that pesticides (in particular Imazamox, aka Raptor) are still...

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Court of Appeals Upholds SHB, Superior Court Decisions

Court of Appeals Upholds SHB, Superior Court Decisions

The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1 decision affirmed the Shorelines Hearings Board (SHB) decision to deny the 5 acre geoduck aquaculture permit in Henderson Bay/Pierce County. The Court of Appeals stated: 1. “We conclude the SHB did not err in concluding the Coalition met its burden of proving the permit buffers did not adequately protect eelgrass from adverse impacts in violation of the SMA (Shoreline Management Act) and Pierce County SMP (Shoreline Master Program).”.. The Coalition relied on the FSEIS buffer to argue the buffers approved by the Hearing Examiner were inadequate. The FSEIS identifies the need for a “2-foot vertical buffer...

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