Railroad Planning to Spray Herbicide Along Tracks

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The Alaska Railroad plans to begin spraying herbicide along it’s tracks next week for the first time in 26 years. The permit was granted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s division of Environmental Health.

Trustees for Alaska has asked for an adjudicatory hearing with DEC and has requested commissioner Larry Hartig to stay his decision on the permit until after that time. At issue is the chemical glyphosate, it’s the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup and also in Aquamaster, which is the herbicide approved by DEC for the Railroad to spray with.

(Top) Department of Environmental Conservation’s Director of the Division of Environmental Health-Kristin Ryan

(Bottom) Concerned Citizen Jim Sykes, Trustees for Alaska Attorney Austin Williams and Alaska Community Action on Toxics Director Pam Miller.

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