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Oregon Delays Forest-Spraying Pesticide Investigation

March 21, 2012 | OPB
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Cassandra Profita


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  • Some local residents are upset the state of Oregon is delaying its investigation into the human health impacts Triangle Lake, west of Eugene. credit: WikiMedia Commons User 7
Some local residents are upset the state of Oregon is delaying its investigation into the human health impacts Triangle Lake, west of Eugene. | credit: WikiMedia Commons User 7 | rollover image for more

PORTLAND — A state board Tuesday announced a delay in its investigation into the human health impacts of herbicide spraying on timberland in Lane County.

A preliminary study last year tested for two forestry chemicals but only one of the two was detected in the urine of residents in the Triangle Lake area of western Lane County. The study did not find the pesticide at dangerous levels.

Now, state officials say the follow-up urine tests scheduled for this spring will have to be postponed. That’s because they don’t expect the timber company that owns the land to spray in that area.

The Pesticide Analytical and Response Center Board announced the change today.

Selma resident Audrey Moore was one of several Oregon residents to speak out in opposition.

“This is the most distressing. Surely you don’t expect the multitude of citizens across this state to endure another peak season of toxic chemical applications in their neighborhood while you do nothing. ”

Oregon Health Authority officials say the investigation will continue with testing for pesticides in the air and on food in the Triangle Lake area.

(This was first reported for OPB News.)

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