A copy of the Press Release about her (currently active as of November 28th, 2017) lawsuit:

Chelan Hospital Commissioner Phyllis Gleasman Could Face Jury Trial

July 25th, 2017, Lake Chelan Washington

Chelan, WA -- Chelan High School teacher Randy Gleasman, and his mother Phyllis Gleasman, are being sued for tortious assault and illegal acts in Chelan County Superior Court following an incident in which the Washington State Department of Agriculture penalized their orchard for pesticide spray violations. The Washington State Department of Health also confirmed two cases of pesticide related illness. The Gleasman family runs an apple orchard in the hills of Lake Chelan.

Phyllis Gleasman is running for a public health related position as Chelan Hospital Commissioner. Gleasman also serves as a trustee for the Wenatchee Valley Community College, whose website reports that she is "responsible for implementing the food safety program at Chelan Fruit Cooperative". According to Good Fruit Grower, Gleasman is a "certified SQF (Safe Quality Food) practitioner." The lawsuit states that her neighbors "live in apprehension and fear of continued incidents of exposure to themselves, guests, pets, and children caused by unpredictable and dangerous pesticide drift from Defendants' farming operation."

The pesticide application violation was documented in an independent investigation by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. According to the lawsuit, the Gleasmans sprayed their neighbors with the insecticide Chlorpyrifos. The WSDA report also documents the use of Wilbur-Ellis 440 Superior Spray (Insecticide-Fungicide-Miticide) involved in the violation. The lawsuit states that the Gleasmans placed their neighbors in "immediate fear of injury and bodily harm."

The lawsuit reflects upon the seriousness of the incident and potential risks of the chemicals involved: "Chronic human exposure to Chlorpyrifos is associated with neurological effects, persistent developmental disorders, and autoimmune disorders. The risk factors and severity of effects are compounded during pregnancy and in cases of exposure in young children."

The off-target spray drift was concentrated enough that a WSDA swab sample of the neighbor's window revealed a 17.0ug sampling. The findings were substantial enough to lead to a monetary penalty for Gleasman and other corrective actions. As part of their agreement with the WSDA, the Gleasmans removed a row of trees bordering their neighbors, erected a 25 foot tall spray drift fence, and will undergo monitoring for future pesticide application. In addition to the penalties from the WSDA, the Gleasmans now face a lawsuit from their neighbors.

Chlorpyrifos, the chemical pesticide used by the Gleasmans, was introduced by the Dow Chemical Company in 1965 and phased out by the EPA for household used in 2001. It is still allowed in certain agricultural uses and remains an environmental hot button issue. Its use is heavily regulated, and potential violations can be serious, as in this case. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, "Symptoms of severe poisoning include seizures, unconsciousness, paralysis, and suffocation from lung failure." The chemical has been marketed under various trade names, such as Lorsban Advanced and Dursban. In 2003, Dow Chemical Company agreed to pay a $2 million penalty to state of New York, in a response to a lawsuit to end Dow's advertising of Dursban as "safe".

The WSDA report also states Gleasman sprayed Wilbur-Ellis 440 Superior Spray Oil (Insecticide-Fungicide-Miticide). The WSDA report notes that it is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. "Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers, other persons, either directly or through drift."

Due to the seriousness of this violation, the WSDA enhanced the civil penalty imposed upon the Gleasmans, stating the "high magnitude of harm" as one reason for the amplified penalties. The Gleasmans could face a jury trial for the incident in Chelan County Superior Court. 


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Phyllis Gleasman must resign her post as the hospital commissioner. And here is why:
Phyllis is drawing all kinds of negative attention to Chelan and our tree fruit industry through lawsuits about her orchard practices. You can read the Press Release here. Environmental bloggers have also picked up on her bad practices: WashingtonApples.org . This is embarrassing to our community. Negative media attention like this could bring about the next Alar scare for the apple industry just like in the 1990's. It is also terrible for our tourist industry and the economic health of the Lake Chelan Valley.


Here are 5 very real reasons Phyllis Gleasman needs to resign immediately:

1) She is currently being sued for her orchard's pesticide spraying practices.
Phyllis Gleasman is currently being sued for her orchard's misapplication of harmful toxic chemicals. As of November 27th, 2017 this lawsuit is still ongoing and active, and you can download it below. How can somebody who misuses toxic pesticides be in charge of a hospital which manages human health? See the department of health report below on her incident!

2) She has been fined and sanctioned by the WSDA for her orchard's misapplication of harmful toxic pesticides.
Her orchard's misuse of dangerous chemicals is antithetical to human health, so why should she run a hospital? Toxic pesticides are very harmful to human health and our community. Phyllis is running for a position which is supposed to advocate human health in our community. This just doesn't make sense! Why does Phyllis use harmful chemicals such as Chlorpyrifos and Wilbur-Ellis 440 Superior Spray (Insecticide-Fungicide-Miticide) that have been proven to be harmful to human health? How can a person like this stand for and represent our health? How is this ethical??

3) She is an embarrassment to the tree fruit industry and Lake Chelan because she draws negative media attention for her bad practices.
Phyllis is drawing all kinds of negative attention to Chelan and our tree fruit industry. You can read the Press Release here. Environmental bloggers have also picked up on her bad practices: WashingtonApples.org . This is embarrassing to our community. Negative media attention like this could bring about the next Alar scare for the apple industry just like in the 1990's. This kind of negative attention could be terrible for our tourist industry and the economic health of the Lake Chelan Valley.

4) She's not a physician and therefore lacks the critical medical education to govern a hospital.
How does growing apples relate to running a hospital? It just doesn't. Phyllis needs to resign immediately and let somebody with a medical degree take her place. We need somebody with the education necessary to run our hospital and advocate for our community health.

5) Do you want somebody who lives in a double wide mobile home to be involved with the $44.5 million dollar new hospital construction budget?
Phyllis owns a double wide mobile home which is tax assessed at $30,170. To be blunt, she has obviously not been financially successful in life, so why would she be qualifed to handle an enourmous $44.5 million dollar new hospital? It's not snobbery, just think about it: Would you let a person who lives in a double wide mobile home manage your personal retirement account? Would you let them represent you as your attorney? Probably not. This should be a concern because we just passed a very expensive new hospital levy which will fund the new building. Why should Phyllis have any part in deciding how $44.5 million dollars is spent? Is she qualified to handle this large amount of money? Does a person who lives in a double wide mobile home make for a good steward of taxpayer's $44.5 million dollar investment? That's just scary.


See the press release about her lawsuit: http://www.releasewire.com/press-releases/chelan-hospital-commissioner-phyllis-gleasman-could-face-jury-trial-840307.htm

Download the lawsuit here (this lawsuit is still active as of November 27th, 2017): http://phyllisgleasman.com/gleasmanlawsuit.pdf

Download the WSDA report here: http://phyllisgleasman.com/gleasmanWSDA.pdf

Download the Washington State Department PESTICIDE INCIDENT SUMMARY REPORT here: http://phyllisgleasman.com/140033_PISR.pdf




Click here to watch to YouTube video: Phyllis's orchard spraying in heavy winds. The video is going viral on the internet with over 7k views already.