Saturday, July 11, 2015

VT Rail System Allowed to Use Herbicides Starting July


After a one-year hiatus, the Vermont Rail System can once again spray herbicides on the 2.5-mile track running through Montpelier.

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.

Though 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.

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