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Oregon Agencies Hope To Clarify Response To Pesticide Incidents


Over the past five years Oregonians have reported pesticide misuse, now there is a clear path to address their concerns. The State has created a document describing how information is exchanged and which state agency will be assigned to a person's case. Oregon's Pesticide Analytical and Response Center, or

PARC, serves as the liaison between state agencies and citizens. Dale Mitchell is with the Department of Agriculture. He says people need to know who to contact and what to do if they are exposed to pesticides.

Mitchell: "The citizen can expect a response within one business day of reporting an incident to PARC or to any of the member agencies."

Mitchell says human exposure isn’t the only area PARC responds to. They also direct state agencies to deal with animal or environmental incidents. PARC cannot act in a regulatory function. If someone is dissatisfied with the response of an agency, they could take their concerns to the board for further assistance.


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