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Vt. health officials to test more homes for pesticide

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Vermont health officials believe there may be more homes in Rutland County that have been contaminated with a banned pesticide.

High levels of the chemical chlorpyrifos, banned since 2001, have forced six households to relocate; five others have been told to move.

The state says the chemical had been used by a pest control company to get rid of bed bugs. The chemical can cause nervous system and developmental disorders.

Tom Condon of the Environmental Protection Agency tells Vermont Public Radio besides helping with the testing, the agency will also help set up a database on the cases.

North Clarendon exterminator Cary Buck has denied using chlorpyrifos; he told authorities he hasn't administered it in eight or nine years.

But officials said they found overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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