MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state officials say they have more money to cover the unfunded costs of the Rutland pesticide investigation.
Paul Daley, financial director at Vermont Department of Health, says the budget adjustment signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday included a one-time appropriation of $250,000 for the pesticide investigation.
Daley says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assisted with the most contaminated homes.
Officials say they found evidence of a chemical being used to treat bugs that has been prohibited for indoor use since 2001. The investigation expanded to include 437 residences. The initial probe focused on contaminated Rutland County residences.
The Health Department says symptoms of exposure to the chemical chlorpyrifos (clor-PEER-ih-foss) include runny nose, tearing, vomiting and diarrhea. Long-term symptoms include memory or sleep problems.
Officials say the investigation is ongoing.