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Report: Poisonous Pesticide Drift "An Epidemic" In Texas

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For years, some Texans in agricultural areas have been complaining of chemical drift from crop dusters. Poisonous pesticides can sometimes drift as much as five miles from their intended targets, especially in the high-speed winds of the Texas Panhandle.

Pesticide drift onto unsuspecting Texans can lead to numerous health issues, including asthma attacks, bleeding gums, headaches, burning rashes, vomiting and diarrhea. But, a recent investigation by The Texas Observer has  found that chemical drift is occurring on a larger scale than previously known, and it’s making Texans sick.

And the problem is far worse than it needs to be. That’s because the Texas Department of Agriculture often allows offenders to keep flying their crop dusters, even after numerous complaints.

Neurotoxicologist Raymond Singer said he thinks the issue may be reaching “epidemic” proportions.