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CATs Supports Assembly Bill AB99

A bill aiming to control Caltrans roadside herbicide spraying

Read AB99 here:

CATs' testimony

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors letter

Supporters' group letter

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California Supreme Court to Review North Coast Railroad Lawsuit

Conflicting appellate court decisions create uncertainty regarding environmental assessments required of High Speed Rail and other publicly owned railroads

The state’s highest court on Wednesday agreed to review an appeal of a lower court’s decision that would exempt publicly owned railroads from having to comply with California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

An appellate court had found that the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act pre-empted all state laws managing or governing railroads, including CEQA. The case decision—brought by Friends of the Eel River (FOER) and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs)—concerns California’s state-owned railroad, the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA), which meant California would be forbidden to control the railroad it had bought and paid for with public funds.

A different court of appeals reached the opposite conclusion in a case involving California’s High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA). That court found that where the state is acting as an owner, not a regulator, federal preemption does not shield the state-owned rail line from having to comply with CEQA as a condition of its state funding. (more)

Previous news: CEQA Key to Holding NCRA Accountable


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Silver King Creek Threatened Again

The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is threatened by a plan to poison Silver King Creek, located just 23 miles as the eagle flies from South Lake Tahoe in spectacular Sierra Nevada high country. This wilderness encompasses wide river valleys, the headwaters of several rivers, and thick forests.


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Responding to CATs’ Notice to File Lawsuit, EPA Begins Rulemaking to Update Air Pollution Rules for Kraft Pulp Mills

A warning by Californians for Alternatives to Toxics and the Center for Biological Diversity of the groups’ plan to sue the EPA for failure to update rules on air emissions required by the Clean Air Act has spurred the agency into action.

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PG&E Spraying Herbicides Throughout California

Despite the successful campaign by residents of rural Humboldt County to convince PG&E to stop spraying herbicides around power poles, the giant utility still is drenching about a million of the poles with a variety of chemicals elsewhere in its service area.

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Tolowa Dunes State Park
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Defying Court Ruling, State Parks Aims Hazardous Sprays at Coastal Wildlands

Despite being trounced by CATs in the Court of Appeal for a similar project, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) is trying to slip another herbicide spray plan past the public this time at Tolowa State Park, pictured at right.


Facts You Can Use

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You Can Garden Without Pesticides!

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Californians for Alternatives to Toxics' publications

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California's annual summary of commercial pesticide use shows that at least 172 million pounds of pesticides were applied in 2007, the most recent data available.

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Any physician practicing in California who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a patient is suffering from pesticide poisoning or any disease or condition shall promptly report that fact to the local county health officer.



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