Potentially Dangerous Pesticides Spilled into Mill Creek Which Flows Into the Trinity River
During a search warrant executed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife on 10/02/2018, Trinity County Environmental Health (TCEH) removed US banned pesticides being used in the cultivation of marijuana. Due to these findings, TCEH is warning the public that there has been a potential spill into an unnamed tributary of Mill Creek, a tributary to the Trinity River, of suspected Carbofuran, Methamidophos, and Avermectin B1 pesticides. The private parcel is located off of Underwood Mountain Road in the Burnt Ranch area, and the site is being quarantined at this time.
Among the substances found are organophosphates, harmful pesticides to the public and the environment. All 3 pesticides have been found to cause reproductive harm. Seek medical treatment if you believe you have been in contact with these chemicals or are experiencing the following symptoms: 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; possible effects on the immune system.
We will continue to notify the public until the spill has been remediated. If you divert or have a shallow well in the surrounding area, be cautious and use filtration listed below.
How to treat water before drinking? Many of the pesticides of concern can be treated with a Granular Activated Carbon filter and non-ionic polymeric resin filters. Individuals can Google NSF 42, 53, and 401 point-of-use or point-of-entry filters, or they can call our office at 530-623-1459.