State will look into pesticide use near Triangle Lake
By Susan Palmer
TRIANGLE LAKE — State health officials have agreed to take a look at why two herbicides commonly used in forestry management have been found in the urine of dozens of Highway 36 corridor residents.
Oregon Department of Agriculture spokesman Bruce Pokarney confirmed last week that Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken an interest in the issue, directing health officials who are part of the state’s Pesticide Analytical Response Center to take the lead in studying the matter.
The effort comes in response to Triangle Lake area resident Day Owen and a group of activists called the Pitchfork Rebellion who have been agitating for more than seven years about the possibility that herbicides being aerially sprayed on nearby private forests may be drifting onto their land.