- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A group of people whose families, homes and pets came under a cloud of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands are challenging the constitutionality of the Oregon Right to Farm Act.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Curry County Circuit Court in Gold Beach argues that the immunity the law grants to pesticide sprayers treating farms and forests violates the Oregon Constitution’s guarantee of the right to seek a legal remedy to violations of property rights.

It was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach, who were the victims last fall of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture this week fined the helicopter company and pesticide applicator involved $10,000 each and suspended their pesticide licenses for a year for providing false information.

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