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Mass Bee Die-Offs in Wilsonville, Portland Result in $2,900 in Fines

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued six fines totaling $2,886 after improper pesticide use resulted in mass bee die-offs last summer in Wilsonville and downtown Portland.

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Kathy B (106)
Friday December 20, 2013, 2:21 pm
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued six fines totaling $2,886 after improper pesticide use resulted in mass bee die-offs last summer in Wilsonville and downtown Portland.

Three of the six fines were in connection with the deaths of an estimated 50,000 bumblebees in the parking lot of the Wilsonville Target store last June. Collier Arbor Care of Clackamas and pesticide applicators Mark McMullen of Beaverton and Sean Rinault of Woodburn were each fined $555.
Continuing coverage of the deaths of an estimated 50,000 bumblebees.
State agriculture officials determined that the applicators improperly applied the pesticide dinotefuran to European linden trees that were "clearly in bloom at the time." The product label warns that the pesticide is hazardous to bees when applied to flowering trees in bloom.

Collier Arbor Care was also fined $407 for improperly applying pesticides in downtown Portland. The applicators in the incident, Rinault and Ray Duval of Estacada, were also each fined $407.

In a separate bee die-off at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, investigators cited Collier for incomplete pesticide application records and for employing a pesticide applicator that did not have the appropriate license. That applicator, Cirrus Striedieck of Portland, also received a notice of violation. Neither of the violations carries a fine but remains in the operator's and applicator's enforcement records for three years.

Investigators found no evidence of wrongdoing in the deaths of hundreds of bees in Hillsboro.

Last summer's mass bee die-offs prompted state agriculture officials to place restrictions on pesticides linked to the deaths. Pesticides containing dinotefuran and imidacloprid can no longer be applied to linden trees, basswood and other trees of the Tilia genus. Products that contain the two ingredients will be required to carry Oregon-specific labels.

Kathy B (106)
Friday December 20, 2013, 2:22 pm
$2.9K fines is totally inadequate!

Rose B (141)
Friday December 20, 2013, 2:29 pm
I agree Kathy

Solitary Eagle (324)
Friday December 20, 2013, 5:15 pm
Not even a slap on the wrist.

James Merit (144)
Friday December 20, 2013, 8:54 pm
I agree with all above comments.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 9:07 am
As if that piddly amount will stop further 'misuse' of pesticides...

Bella M (25)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 9:11 am
I also agree with all the comments

Carol P (46)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 9:35 am
Seems like a step in the right direction, punishing those that do harm.

Kamia T (89)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 10:04 am
They probably got paid ten times what the fine was. It should have been the total compensation they received for those contracts PLUS punitive damages. Bees are not replaceable. This is ridiculous!

Bente S (17)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 10:15 am
The fines are by far tioo small!

Joanne D (38)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 12:27 pm
A figure of bees killed is only available for three of the fines, but for those three, it amounts to 3 and a third cents per bee. Did the Department staff ALL fail math?

Sheri Schongold (7)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:18 pm
It is about time somebody/somebodies stood up for these poor animals. No matter what the fine, it will never be enough to compensate for the unbalancing of our ecosystem.

Howard Crosse (21)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:58 pm
The fines seem pretty low considering the damage done.

Ondine J (134)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 2:25 pm
This is a slap on the wrist for such an important issue,thanks

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 3:08 pm
When I saw that puny figure I just wanted to barf. To lose one bee is one too many.

Barbara K (60)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 3:16 pm
That is definitely not enough to pay for the harm that was done with killing off so many bees. Shame on them.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 3:38 pm
That's it? They should pay millions! Disgusting.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 5:48 pm
Without bees there is no food for humans, so this must be stopped at all costs.

Lona G (80)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:01 pm
That's just going through the motions, isn't it? That total amount isn't even a slap on the wrist, that's a tickle in the side and just as laughable.

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:11 pm
sham and shameful! we must expect results, punishments that spell out the damage in terms of $$$$ not this. Those, who want to use pesticides, and there are a lot of them (just for weeds)need to be weeded out, heavily fined and laws must be legislated to stop this chemical use.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:55 pm
Frightening and unfortunate.
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Stardust N (38)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 7:14 am
I agree with all comments.
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Aileen P (40)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 9:26 am
I agree with above comments. Spammer flagged.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 9:53 am
Morons! Keep killing the Bees, soon we will all disappear!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 10:27 am
only $555 fined? Wow. Massive bee deaths due to using a pesticide when trees are in bloom! Why do we need to kill off beings on Planet Earth to begin with? can we not eliminate all of these "cides"?

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 12:25 pm
Important and valuable post, thank you.

Syd H (48)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:30 pm

Pathetic amount for the damage caused. These fines are ridiculous and only if they get caught. It costs more to administer the fines than the fines amount.

We have to pitch fits if we want to have the governments be anything more than corporate whores. :(



Vivian B (169)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:18 pm
There should have been, at the VERY LEAST, a $1000 fine for each bee lost! And the cost to clean it up, if they even tried to clean it up, plus whatever court costs! Then the company that employed these idiots should have been fined, their license yanked, and banned from using any pesticides for at least 10 years!
That is the only way to bring attention to the over-use and misuse of all the "cides"! We cannot replace the bees when they become extinct. People think there is a food shortage now, just wait for the bees to become so rare that people are fighting for bees to pollinate their crops! Then we might wake up and see that there are things that have to be in place for food to be grown!
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Christina G (11)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 8:38 pm
$5000 a bee and lose their job!

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 6:19 pm
read & noted, I agree the fines should have been much larger
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