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Letter to the Editor: What's in orchard spray?

— What’s in spray?

To the editor:

It seems folks have a right to know what is in the air they breathe.

I want to know what is being sprayed on various crops around The Dalles. What percent is in the air drifting over our neighborhoods? Is it worse on a humid day? Does spraying have to include night hours? How far does the drift spread and when?

Am I the canary? Am I the only one with drippy nose, cough, constricting throat, sore lungs, lethargy and watery eyes? This happens every time there is a spray day or night, when the breeze is right. For some reason, it seems much worse this year.

I know some of the cherry growers. They are all good folks trying to do their best. They are doing their best to follow rules and keep everyone healthy.

What else can we do to improve air quality for all? How can we be more educated about what is in our air and how to protect ourselves? What are the mechanisms of these sprays? Halflife? Solubility? Human, plant, insect, animal, etc., impact? Long-term impact?

Carolyn Thomas

The Dalles

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