Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NB Power's herbicide 'essentially non-toxic' to humans, wildlife
Dozens of rural New Brunswickers are upset about NB Power spraying herbicides on and near their properties and communities.
But NB Power says the products it uses are approved by a branch of Health Canada and are "essentially non-toxic to humans and wildlife."
Areas underneath high electrical lines have been scorched brown by the use of plant-killing chemicals and it has many people in Wirral, Tracy, Hoyt and Fredericton Junction on edge. 
"I'm just watching a community being poisoned," said Shane Kelly, whose family lives near the sprayed areas.
"It makes me sick and it makes me scared." 
'So when we talk again spraying again it takes a lot of convincing that it's safe. Some will never be convinced.' - PC MLA Jeff Carr
Dead plants, grasses and foliage can be found beneath a high-line in Wirral that residents say was sprayed last fall. The trunks of alders can be snapped in half simply by brushing up against them.  
"It's disgusting," said Peter Hogan who lives next to the areas sprayed with defoliant. 
"I see no difference between this and Agent Orange." 
On Monday afternoon, nearly two dozen upset residents gathered at the office of Progressive Conservative MLA Jeff Carr in Fredericton Junction to discuss methods of how to get NB Power to stop using herbicides in their areas.
The gathering was emotional. Some of the people in the meeting broke down crying, stating they were terrified of what was being sprayed in their water, air and soil. 
"They have every right to be concerned," said Carr.
"It's scary, especially given our history with sprays." 
Vision Max, an herbicide developed by giant Monsanto, is one of the herbicides NB Power says it uses in the area.  
According to the products safety data sheet, Vision Max is considered harmful if inhaled and if it comes into contact with your skin. The product's safety data sheet says to take off contaminated clothing, rinse skin immediately and call a poison control centre or doctor for treatment advice.


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