Poles, Inc. is a wood treating facility located 400 feet from the southwest bank of the Pend Orielle River in Oldtown, Bonner County, Idaho. Poles, Inc. uses pentachlorophenol
as a wood preservative. Since 1945 the facility has been operating, nine months out of the year, closing during December, January and February. The nearest residence is about 400 feet west of the facility. The Idaho Hill Elementary School is about 500 feet south of the facility on a hill approximately 30 feet higher in elevation.
Residents of Oldtown are concerned the pole yard may pose a health threat to students and teachers at the elementary school. Exposure to high levels of pentachlorophenol, a probable carcinogen, can cause increases in body temperature, liver
effects, damage to the immune system
effects, and developmental effects.
See your doctor if you or a loved one lives near the Poles facility and has experienced serious side effects. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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