After years of encountering garbage and chemicals at unlicensed cannabis cultivation sites, the United States Forest Service has entered a contract with NES Hazmat as part of its cannabis eradication program.

The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to a $44,732 contract with a hazardous materials consulting firm as part of its cannabis eradication program, Marijuana Moment reports. The agency said in a public filing of the contract that the services are required because department agents and officers are “getting sick” while eradicating plants on illegal cultivation sites, “requiring trips to emergency rooms with possible long term (sic) health effects.”

The document notes that in 2016, the agency received its first citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for not providing training and personal protective equipment, they say, is “needed to operate in this environment.”

The no-bid contract was awarded to NES, which the Forest Service said “tailored a program for hazmat to deal specifically with the unique hazardous chemicals in a marijuana cultivation site run by drug trafficking organizations.”

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Forest Service Hires HAZMAT Consultant for Cannabis Eradication Training