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Washington state OKs oyster bed pesticide, but federal agencies raise concern
Washington state OKs oyster bed pesticide, but federal agencies raise concern

For decades, oyster growers in southwest Washington have battled to control native shrimp that burrow in the mudflats and make it hard for oysters to grow. Now, after getting state approval, a group of shellfish farmers plan to spray a widely used neurotoxic pesticide on up to 2,000 acres of commercial shellfish beds in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. They say it's a safe way to keep in check a threat to the area's multimillion-dollar shellfish industry. But critics, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, worry about unintended harm to other species. The plan is premature, they say, with too many unknowns about the...

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