Anti-pesticide activists say private timber companies have thrown a wrench into a government investigation of chemical spraying in the Triangle Lake area west of Eugene.  They plan a rally Saturday in protest.

State and federal government agencies are looking into claims of some Triangle Lake residents who say herbicide spraying over nearby private forestland is hurting their health. Lisa Arkin is with the Eugene-based organization Beyond Toxics.

Arkin: “The people who know that they have been exposed and harmed by these pesticide sprays are coming together to say this is enough. Our government has to do something to change the laws and regulations.”

An independent scientist found traces of herbicides in residents’ urine. Arkin says the timber companies are not being cooperative with the government investigation– and have said they’ll simply halt spraying in Triangle Lake, but not elsewhere.

The rally is Saturday at noon at the public parking lot by Triangle Lake. Another rally is taking place in Josephine County Saturday.