Health officials to check more Rutland homes for banned pesticide
The Associated Press
Vermont health officials believe there may be more homes in Rutland County that have been contaminated with a banned pesticide.
High levels of the chemical chlorpyrifos, banned since 2001, have forced six households to relocate; five others have been told to move.
The state says the chemical had been used by a pest control company to get rid of bed bugs. The chemical can cause nervous system and developmental disorders.
Tom Condon of the Environmental Protection Agency tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1b6Ygda) besides helping with the testing, the agency will also help set up a database on the cases.
North Clarendon exterminator Cary Buck has denied using chlorpyrifos; he told authorities he hasn't administered it in eight or nine years.
But officials said they found overwhelming evidence to the contrary.