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EPA, state investigating after 10 hospitalized due to insecticide exposure on Kauai

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with the state Department of Agriculture to investigate an incident in which some Syngenta workers on Kauai were sickened last week after being exposed to an insecticide.

The Garden Island reported that on Jan. 20, 10 employees entered a field too soon after it was sprayed with chlorpyrifos. All were taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, but were able to return to work the following Monday.

Though the EPA has already banned most of the indoor use of chlorpyrifos, the agency is considering a total ban on the insecticide because of concerns about drinking water and small, vulnerable watersheds.

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