CURRY COUNTY, Ore.– A company accused of exposing Curry County residents to pesticides, and then falsely disclosing information about it, is being handed down a punishment. Pacific Air Research, Inc. is being forced to pay a $10,000 civil penalty, and will lose it’s license for one year.
An investigation began in 2013 after the community complained about being exposed to chemicals from helicopters spraying nearby timber land. Testing found positive traces of strong pesticides and concluded the White City-based company violated the pesticide control laws.
The company is also accused of providing false records and misleading the Oregon Department of Agriculture during their investigation.