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Hawaii County Considers Ban on Roundup Weed-Killer

Hawaii County Considers Ban on Roundup Weed-Killer

August 12, 2015 — Big Island Video News reports that a bill has been introduced in Hawaii that would ban spraying of Monsanto’s weed-killer Roundup and other herbicides on government grounds.

Hawaii County Councilwoman Margaret Willie introduced Bill 71, which “prohibits toxic herbicides in all County owned or maintained public parks and along all County owned or maintained roads, bikeways, sidewalks, trails, and waterways.”

Only herbicides labeled as dangerous or toxic to fish, wildlife, or groundwater would be banned. The list includes Roundup (glyphosate), 2,4-Dichloro-phenoxyacetic, atrazine, dioxin, picloram, bipyridinium, diphenyl ether and tyrosine breakdown products.

Less-toxic herbicides would still be allowed. The bill is meant to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals on public lands. It would also encourage the state to adopt eco-friendly alternatives:

“Alternative ways to manage weeds in a manner that enhances environmental wellbeing are available, including manual removal, planting of cover plants that beautify public ways and roadsides, and other more eco-friendly spray applications.”

Concerns about carcinogenic (cancer-causing) side effects grew earlier this year, when Roundup was declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Many environmental advocates also warn that Roundup poses risks to endangered species, citing declines in honeybee and butterfly populations as the popularity of Roundup boomed during the 1990s.

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