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Maine considers ban on aerial herbicide spraying in forestry

March 3, 2021 GMT

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.

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The proposal received support from the Maine Public Health Association at Tuesday’s hearing. Executive director Rebecca Boulos said the bill “is also a matter of health equity.”

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