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Officials won’t use herbicide on invasive plant in lake

October 12, 2018

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont environmental officials say they won’t use a chemical herbicide to control the spread of Eurasian milfoil in Lake Iroquois.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation biologist Josh Mulhollem tells Vermont Public Radio that there were “less intrusive options other than the whole-lake chemical treatment” using Sonar. Mullhollem says the herbicide can damage native plants.

The Lake Iroquois Association had backed the herbicide plan. Association spokesman Jamie Carrol says the state had previously used Sonar in other lakes to treat the invasive plant.

Shaina Kasper, the Vermont and New Hampshire director of the Toxic Actions Center, says the state’s decision “sets a good precedent.”

Mulhollem says the state is open to reviewing other solutions instead of using Sonar.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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