Clackamas Community College puts us at risk with herbicides
In mid-April, I saw a sign next to Clackamas Community College's Family Resource Center, where my son's daycare is. It warned that the CCC campus was currently spraying herbicide there. This placed a building full of innocent children at risk of exposure to the serious hazards by such means of misapplication and drift.
I called the administrative office immediately with my concerns. The following week I received a notice ensuring that from now on Clackamas Community College will notify us 24 to 72 hours in advance, in accordance with ORS 634.740. While the decision to notify the public shows a slightly greater concern for our general awareness, these herbicides pose such serious risks to public health that CCC should simply not spray during service hours whatsoever.
In 2015 the first trial case due to herbicides in weed killers causing cancer was awarded to Dewayne Johnson for $289 million. The San Francisco Bay Area school district hired him to spray Roundup and other broadleaf killers. The misapplication and drift of these pesticides caused cancer in him. If we do not stop herbicide application during public hours, a once harmless spring breeze could turn our campus into a target for the potential misapplication of toxic chemicals sprayed.
I would like to suggest that CCC implement a schedule that excludes spraying herbicides during public hours in order to eliminate these serious risks to faculty, students and children. So, let's raise the bar of progress by prioritizing public — and especially child — safety in order to foster a better learning environment in our community by providing protection that is not only likely to reduce risks but certain to.
Jessica Palmer is a resident of Redland, an unincorporated community near Oregon City.