By Jonathan Neiss
April 22, 2006
The chemicals in questions are the herbicide glyphosate, the herbicide imazapyr, a surfactant and a drift inhibitor. Pamela Miller of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics says that, "Neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor DEC has tested or studied how the four chemicals may affect people, fish, the environment, or wildlife when mixed together".
What seems especially egregious is that the indigenous people have proposed alternatives to the use of the herbicides! These include manual removal of the alderberry and salmonberry plants that are the targets of the aerial spraying.
Extensively peer-reviewed scientific articles prove that glyphosate causes birth defects, and has caused genetic damage to human cells. Studies have shown a link to increased risks of cancer, miscarriages, stillbirth and attention deficit disorder.
Imazapyr is corrosive to the eyes and skin and can cause irreversible eye damage. This chemical persists in soil for over a year.
Must these dangerous chemicals be used when simple and safe alternatives exist?
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