After a one-year hiatus, the Vermont Rail
System can once again spray herbicides on the 2.5-mile track running
The Times Argus reports the
railroad was to work with the state and public to seek alternative
methods during the hiatus after the Vermont Pesticide Advisory Council
refused to allow the herbicide last year.
Residents said they want the railroad to use alternative methods to clear the track, citing safety concerns.
officials with the city's Tree Board say discussions with the railroad
on possible alternatives never happened, the council approved the
railroad's permit in April. The permit was issued in May; spraying can
occur in July.
Mayor John Hollar says he'll work with the railroad to find alternatives and see if the city can or should do anything.