W. Ore. residents file herbicide drift lawsuit

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Some rural Oregon residents have filed a lawsuit against the state over rules they say protect forest and farm landowners who spray herbicides that can drift over to neighboring property.

The Register-Guard reports the seven people filing the lawsuit this week in Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene live in Western Oregon. Three are in the Blachly area, two near Sublimity a little east of Salem and two live near Walton east of Mapleton on Highway 126.

Their complaint alleges that laws passed by the state Legislature in 1993 give them no legal recourse in the courts from the periodic episodes of herbicide drift from neighboring landowners.

The state Attorney General's office declined comment.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com