A Must Read | “Disbelief over state plan to spray neurotoxin into oyster beds”

Apr 29th


If you live in the West Coast, you should really read this article in today’s Seattle Times.

The title says it all.

How could a state that often prides itself in being a leader on environmental issues give the green light for what is obviously a high-risk, experimental move? What happened to the precautionary principle?

My favorite part of the story is the quote from the Department of Ecology:

“….we don’t do this lightly. We are very confident we have a series of safeguards in this permit that strongly protect the environment.”

Among them ….. is ongoing monitoring of pesticide levels in the water and sediments and a pledge to “shut the program down if something unexpected happens.”

Shut down the program if something unexpected happens. I just want to point out, that’s a terrible “safe guard”. Once something unexpected happens, it will probably be too late. There’s no way to undo adding a neurotoxin into the environment – especially an aquatic ecosystem.

I can’t help but shake my head at this crazy plan. Please share this story if you too are in disbelief.

Photo Credit: Mike Krzeszak, 2010. Title: Oyster Shells. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 license