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Who cares if vehicles are killing coho in Cascadia? – BikePortland

Automotive (left) and the coho killing chemical (proper). (Supply: KGW video stills)

Each occasionally the information cycle will hit me over the top with the straightforward incontrovertible fact that vehicles are probably the most violent and damaging drive in our society. They allow drive-by shootings, smash-and-grab thefts, rage-induced violence, social isolation, inhumane city sprawl, and so many different horrible issues.

Now the story I can’t get out of my head is the one about how the rubber utilized in automotive tires is liable for mass die-offs of Coho salmon within the Pacific Northwest. This isn’t a brand new story, nevertheless it was simply coated this week by native NBC station KGW. I admit that I didn’t take time to let this story sink in till it was coated in-depth by a neighborhood outlet. Now I can’t cease eager about it.

If this new to you, right here’s the gist (by way of KGW):

[Scientists] found a toxin referred to as 6PPD-quinone produced when the widespread tire preservative 6PPD mixes with oxygen. As tires age, the rubber begins to peel off leaving bits and items of their path. When it rains something that doesn’t soak into soil turns into stormwater air pollution, finally ending up in native waterways the place each fall Coho salmon return to spawn.

(Supply: US Tire Producers Assocation)

I’m no knowledgeable, however I can inform from a cursory little bit of analysis that the science round this discovering isn’t in dispute. It’s 100% clear that little bits of automotive tires (and different main rubber sources) are killing coho and damaging our water sources. The truth that there isn’t extra urgency across the concern is no surprise, since most individuals have accepted each different destructive trade-off that comes with our car-centric system.

The responses to the issue are very telling. There’s numerous discuss easy methods to make the tires much less poisonous and in regards to the want for more durable environmental rules for makers and sellers of them. What in regards to the tire business? They will’t refute the science (though I’m positive they’ve tried), in order that they’ve acquired web sites and different PR messaging to maintain the earnings coming. They admit the chemical they use, 6PPD, kills fish and pollutes streams and rivers, however they need you to know that it additionally retains drivers protected (see picture at proper). And hey, it makes your tires last more so that you lower your expenses! Isn’t that nice? Lifeless fish be damned.

Sadly, many of the information tales I’ve examine this mass coho die-off by no means point out the one factor that might resolve it: much less driving and/or bans on driving in watersheds. (And final time I checked, electrical automotive tires have tires too.)

One other harmless sufferer of automotive dependency. (Picture: Puget Sound Institute)

That is an immense drawback that can take many years to resolve if we go about it by means of the usual process of incremental reforms. It’s the responsibility of policymakers and metropolis leaders to muster the political assist and braveness to quicken the tempo of change. If we tackle the foundation drawback of automotive dependency and driving abuse, we will save far more than coho.

— Be taught extra about 6PPD and 6PPD-Quinone at



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