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Couple sues Vt. agency over pesticide treatment

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- A Rutland couple has filed a lawsuit accusing a Vermont state agency of hiring a bedbug exterminator who used a banned pesticide in their home.

Neil and Patricia Whitney sued the Vermont Agency of Human Services in federal court last week. They claim that their home became infested after they took in a foster child, and that the exterminator hired by the state used a pesticide that has been banned for indoor use since 2001. Exterminator Cary Buck has denied using the pesticide, but high levels of the chemical have been found in homes he treated.

The attorney general's office told Vermont Public Radio ( that the state is working with the Whitneys, and clean-up efforts for the hardest hit homes are expected to start this week.


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