Northwest NEWS

June 10, 2002

Editorial

Maybe the company is not aware of the law or impact of fumes

I am writing this letter in response to last week's letter from the gentleman who had no warning [of unknown fumes coming from an area formerly known as the Duvall land fill]. I agree with most of what he said, but would like to clarify one point. I have lived on a poplar farm for several years now, and it should be common knowledge that a hybrid poplar has not been altered genetically in any way whatsoever [The writer also referred to a "genetic-altering poplar tree company]. It has merely been crossbred, a practice that has been used in farming for centuries. The result of hybridizing poplars is a fast-growing alternative wood source that helps reduce our need for consuming national forestland.
   Last year, The Earth Liberation Front mistakenly burned a building, owned by the University of Washington, for its work on hybrid poplars.
   Later, the radical environmental group was forced to make a public apology, which made them look rather  foolish.
   If the writer is still concerned about what he was breathing on Memorial Day, he should contact the company that caused the fumes, or contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
   Pesticide use is not regulated by the county, but by the state. The law requires that the use of any harmful pesticide is appropriately documented, and that any treated areas are visibly marked and mapped in the documentation. In addition, there are rules governing wind speed and direction. 
   It's possible that the company responsible for the fumes is unaware of the law or the impact it is having on its neighbor.
   Seth Schader, Duvall