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Investigation Cites Health Risk Due To Pesticides In Westchester

A green residue found at the Rye Golf Club last year sparked an investigation by lohud.com that uncovered several troubling facts about the government's handling of the pesticide industry.
A green residue found at the Rye Golf Club last year sparked an investigation by lohud.com that uncovered several troubling facts about the government's handling of the pesticide industry. Photo Credit: Anna Helhoski

A strange green residue found last year at Rye Golf Club sparked an investigation by lohud.com that discovered a number of startling revelations regarding oversight over pesticides.

The report found that people in Westchester and Rockland counties are at increased risk for certain health problems as a result of substantial pesticide use in the area, according to lohud.com, which also claimed to have discovered that law enforcement had failed to prevent the illegal sale of unregistered pesticides at the Rye establishment.

The report also noted several other findings, including the facts that Westchester and Rockland are among just six counties in New York to apply more than 1 million pounds of pesticides in 2010 and that there are “gaps in oversight of millions of pounds of toxic pesticides” used at private home as well as public buildings, according to lohud.com.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said her agency is “overwhelmed” by the vast amount of pesticides moving across the country via interstate highways, according to lohud.com.

The findings come at a time when chemical companies find themselves facing increased numbers of lawsuits attempting to link pesticides to illnesses like cancer, according to lohud.com.

Click here to read the lohud.com report .

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