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Mon October 22, 2012

Pesticide protections for Pacific salmon head to court

Pesticides sprayed on farm fields can run off into streams, potentially threatening fish.
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An East Coast court case could have big impacts on West Coast fish, and farmers too. Chemical manufacturers are suing the federal government to get a rule restricting pesticide use wiped off the books.

In 2008 the National Marine Fisheries Service ruled a certain class of pesticides is a mortal threat to salmon and steelhead populations. Organophosphates are common on farms, and used to be widely used in gardens before regulators phased them out.

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