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Possible pesticide spill into Trinity River, marijuana site quarantined

Health officials in Trinity County are warning those who divert water or have shallow wells in the area of Mill Creek and Trinity River about a possible pesticide contamination.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife along with Trinity County Environmental Health were serving a search warrant Tuesday when they found harmful pesticides at a marijuana cultivation site. The site is located off of Underwood Mountain Road in the Burnt Ranch area and has been quarantined due to a potential spill into the water. The possible spill feeds into Mill Creek which joins the Trinity River.

Officials said they found Carbofuran, Methamidophos, and Avermectin B1 pesticides which are known to cause reproductive harm. With potential contamination, officials suggest using Granular Activated Carbon filters and non-ionic polymeric resin filters on your water. NSF 42, 53, and 401 point of use or point of entry filters are also recommended.

If you believe you have come in contact with these chemicals officials suggest seeking medical treatment. Contact symptoms include: miosis, blurred vision, tearing, excessive respiratory secretions, salivation, sweating, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, light-headedness, lassitude (weakness, exhaustion), chest tightness, epigastric pain, labored breathing, cyanosis, muscle twitching, incoordination, convulsions, unconsciousness, respiratory failure, skin irritation, and possible effects on the immune system.

If you have any questions about filtration systems you can contact the Trinity County Environmental Health office at (530) 623-1459.

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