When diver Lisa Anderson’s hand swept across the silt-covered barrel in the nearly freezing water at the bottom of Wallowa Lake last August, she said her heart almost stopped.
The warning was written in big letters: “Read Label! Contains 2,4-D or 2,4,5-T Weed Killer.”
Combined, the two chemicals were once known by another name: Agent Orange.
The military mixed the two defoliants and sprayed them for years during the Vietnam War. Their use has been connected to numerous health problems in civilians and veterans who were exposed.
And the barrel was sitting 85 feet down in a seemingly pristine