Some people in Jackson County are worried about herbicides

The group tried to talk with some Jackson County Commissioners Wednesday morning.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 6:23 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2019 11:30 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Several Jackson County Commissioners say they won't talk anymore about herbicides or pesticides being used in the county, but some people in Jackson County are worried about what is being sprayed on the sides of roads.

About a dozen people met with some of the commissioners on Wednesday morning.

"We are looking for a way to reduce the amount of herbicides," said Kristina Lefever. She is a board member of Beyond Toxics, an environmental group.

"I'm here to say that our regulators cannot keep up with the latest cutting edge scientific information that's coming out," said Professor Ray, an environmental scientist.

The meeting was filled with a wide range of people — mothers, scientists, and environmentalists — but all had the same goal.

"Pretty concerned about what is happening to not only our ecosystem, but to our people, our generation, our pollinators, our fish," said Lefever. She says she really just wants to open up a conversation with the commissioners. "We are asking to have a discussion, a working session with people that have done this before in other counties and other states."

"We were told Wednesday morning they have made a decision, they are doing everything right and they aren't interested in working with us," said Professor Ray.

Ray says multiple publications and studies about herbicides reveal the problems it can cause. The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control show they are linked to cancer.

"It's mathematically been shown, proven and resolved this very year," said Professor Ray. 

"We have to make a stand for our children, for our great grandchildren and now is the time; we have the evidence," said Free Walker. She is a mother concerned about what could happen to her child. She says Wednesday's conclusion isn't the end. "We aren't done. We aren't done until they change these protocols that are extremely dangerous."

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