Working group to address pesticide contamination in Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology has created a working group to address and resolve issues stemming from lead arsenate contamination on former orchard lands in Yakima after receiving an increasing number of calls from concerned homeowners and developers. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Yakima was built on lands that were sprayed with pesticides that would break down into lead and arsenate contaminants. Those chemicals could cause several types of cancer. The Legacy Pesticide Working Group is tasked with studying the issue and finding solutions to ensure people are not exposed. The group had its first meeting in February and is expected to meet this month.