Indiana state investigator looking into fungicide incident

In this Tuesday, July 21, 2015 photo, a plane applies fungicide to a cornfield near Buffalo, Ill.. Above average rain has created conditions favorable for diseases to hit both corn and soybeans in the state. Officials with the USDA in Illinois say they'll seek a federal disaster declaration to make farmers eligible for assistance with flood-damaged crops.(Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The Office of the Indiana State Chemist is investigating after a crop duster accidentally dropped a pesticide on more than two dozen corn detasselers last week in Williamsport.

Robert Brewer, an investigator with the office, is interviewing people involved with the incident and testing soil samples for pesticide residue. He tells the (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that he’s awaiting lab results and isn’t sure yet whether Bi-State Helicopters was responsible for any violations.

About 25 corn detasselers were struck by a drift of the fungicide Quilt Xcel while working near a field where it was being applied. The workers were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The July 15 incident also is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 

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