Apple workers sue Royal City orchard

MOSES LAKE -- Four apple workers have sued a Royal City orchard owner after they say they were exposed to a pesticide.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Grant County Superior Court by Columbia Legal Services, the workers say they were thinning apple blossoms in March when a pesticide with restricted use requirements was sprayed nearby at Teresa's Orchard and drifted to where they were working.

The lawsuit says they were treated at the emergency room with headaches, nausea, blurred vision and other symptoms. It seeks unspecified compensation.

Orchard manager Roger Goodwin declined to comment because a hearing on the incident with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is pending.