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Triangle Lake Pesticide Scare

Posted on 17 October 2012 by admin

“We don’t have pollution and we don’t have more of anything here than anybody else.” Barbara Anderson

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By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune

TRIANGLE LAKE – Some Triangle Lake residents believe their community’s been targeted with too many negative reports about pesticides in their drinking water, making the area appear more contaminated than it actually is.
The most recent article grasping the attention of Triangle Lake residents is an Oct. 1 opinion piece published in The Register-Guard written by Day Owen that mentioned a Triangle Lake school tested positive for one or more pesticides in its drinking water. The article also stated, “In other recent testing, nearly 100 percent of Triangle Lake residents were found to have 2, 4-D in their urine.”
The 2012 results of a recent Oregon Health Authority (OHA) study testing 64 residents in the Triangle Lake area living within 1.5 miles of a forestry spray area found that 59 residents had and an average urine level of the pesticide 2,4-D at 0.4 micrograms per gram of Creatinine, with levels ranging from not detectable to 37.33 micrograms per gram.
In the OHA study, this amount was found to be comparable to the amount found nationwide determined by a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which showed that 95 percent of the U.S. population had 2,4-D levels in urine below 1.08 micrograms per gram. The OHA study only tested for Atrazine and 2,4-D as those two chemicals are sprayed in the neighboring forests and have laboratory-testing methods available. No Atrazine was detected in urine.
“We are not all dripping of pesticides out here; it’s really a clean area,” said Triangle Lake resident Barbara Triangle Lake Pesticide Scare
“We don’t have pollution and we don’t have more of anything here than anybody else.” Barbara Anderson
By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune

TRIANGLE LAKE – Some Triangle Lake residents believe their community’s been targeted with too many negative reports about pesticides in their drinking water, making the area appear more contaminated than it actually is.
The most recent article grasping the attention of Triangle Lake residents is an Oct. 1 opinion piece published in The Register-Guard written by Day Owen that mentioned a Triangle Lake school tested positive for one or more pesticides in its drinking water. The article also stated, “In other recent testing, nearly 100 percent of Triangle Lake residents were found to have 2, 4-D in their urine.”
The 2012 results of a recent Oregon Health Authority (OHA) study testing 64 residents in the Triangle Lake area living within 1.5 miles of a forestry spray area found that 59 residents had and an average urine level of the pesticide 2,4-D at 0.4 micrograms per gram of Creatinine, with levels ranging from not detectable to 37.33 micrograms per gram.
In the OHA study, this amount was found to be comparable to the amount found nationwide determined by a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which showed that 95 percent of the U.S. population had 2,4-D levels in urine below 1.08 micrograms per gram. The OHA study only tested for Atrazine and 2,4-D as those two chemicals are sprayed in the neighboring forests and have laboratory-testing methods available. No Atrazine was detected in urine.
“We are not all dripping of pesticides out here; it’s really a clean area,” said Triangle Lake resident Barbara Anderson. “We don’t have pollution and we don’t have more of anything here than anybody else.”
Although Owen’s article further stated that government agencies found that the levels of pesticides detected were safe, Owen’s concern was about the unknown affect of multiple pesticides used together. Owen also suggested tougher laws to protect the public from chemical drift in water and air.
Anderson is proud of the Triangle Lake area and fears that bad press targeting the area will scare the public and cause folks to avoid the place.
“People won’t want to come out here and swim in our lake and they won’t want to send their children to our school,” she said. “We have a beautiful school out here and a beautiful lake with fish jumping every few minutes—you can even see the bottom of the lake!”
Anderson would like to see less negative media about the Triangle Lake area.
“It would be beneficial to the community if we would all work together to make a plan and do what we can if there is a big issue wrong, as this is not the right approach,” she said.
Please see the online version of the story for web addresses for the OHA study results, The-Register-Guard article and YouTube videos of meetings about the study and the subject of pesticides in the Triangle Lake area.

The results for the Triangle lake study done in 2011 can be viewed at Oregon Health Authorities web page: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/EI factsheet_final.pdf

Summary: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/EI%20factsheet_final.pdf

Full version: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/Hwy36CorridorEIReport/Highway36CorridorEI03052012.pdf

Video YouTube links to April 2012 OHA pesticide study meeting at the grange in Triangle Lake;

Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUYnFZSSZTI

 

Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSoSCjB5kNU&feature=relmfu

Part 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50flDClXVpg&list=UU48FVT5EWjmvbzKQpQZMGNQ&index=2&feature=plcp

Part 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY7U994sC1c&list=UU48FVT5EWjmvbzKQpQZMGNQ&index=1&feature=plcp

Link to the guest viewpoint written by Day Owen of the Pitchfork Rebellion in the Register guard on Oct. 1:

http://www.registerguard.com/web/opinion/28800695-47/drinking-pesticides-schools-atrazine-oregon.html.csp

Link to OHA school well water test results

http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/DrinkingWater/SourceWater/Pages/pdp-schools.aspx

 

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