Court Holds Railroad's Spray Permit

Associated Press

The Alaska Supreme Court has continued the hold on the Alaska Railroad’s plan to spray weed killer along its right of way.

The court says it wants to hear more from both sides about the plan to spray herbicides along 30 miles of track. The railroad says it has tried other methods to keep weeds down but needs herbicides.

Environmental groups are fighting the state-issued permit. They say regulators failed to consider the herbicide’s harmful effects on drinking water and salmon streams. The permit would have allowed spraying to begin last week, but the groups were granted a temporary stay until Friday.

The Alaska Supreme Court has extended that stay. Both sides have until next Tuesday to file responses with the court.

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