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Maine considers ban on aerial herbicide spraying in forestry

Jackson’s proposal focuses in part on glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide that is available commercially under the trade name Roundup.
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 11:06 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to ban aerial spraying of some herbicides in forestry.

Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash offered the proposal, which was subject to a public hearing on Tuesday.

Jackson said “aerial herbicides in the Maine woods benefits the bottom line of large landowners at the expense and well-being of the people living and working in the region.”

Jackson’s proposal focuses in part on glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide that is available commercially under the trade name Roundup.

It would also apply to other synthetic herbicides.

The proposal would need to be approved by the Maine Legislature to become law.

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