Melville Times - - Opinion -

I HAVE tried to con­tact the City of Melville about chem­i­cal weed­ing but they are, at best, dis­mis­sive.

They main­tain the in­dus­try view that th­ese agri­cul­tural poi­sons can be used safely on pub­lic land in ur­ban ar­eas.

There is a tendency to ridicule any re­ports link­ing her­bi­cides to can­cers.

I’m ex­tremely con­cerned about what I’ve ob­served in At­tadale, with spray­ing of level 6 and 5 poi­sons.

I have ex­pe­ri­enced di­rect con­tam­i­na­tion, the work­ers wear no masks and the fauna are for­ag­ing in the freshly sprayed ar­eas.

I’ve seen a tod­dler touch­ing the freshly sprayed Quizalo­fop area.

I have rid­den my bike through drift while work­ers used glyphosate on a windy day.

Th­ese sprays are used alarm­ingly close to the wa­ter’s edge.

Re­cently, I left for work and a truck sprayed for sev­eral hours out­side my house through the bush re­serve.

The breeze was trav­el­ling from the east, so the drift was fall­ing di­rectly in­side my home.

I had left my door open to let my cats out. The smell was over­pow­er­ing and it was not pos­si­ble to stay in the area without feel­ing my throat swelling up.

The in­side of my unit was filled with th­ese fumes.

My bed­ding and every sur­face is con­tam­i­nated.

The smell sat­u­rated the air for 30 hours af­ter they had left.

They will prob­a­bly re­turn to spray glyphosate, which has been banned in other parts of the world.

I be­lieve Quizalo­fop is an agri­cul­tural chem­i­cal which re­quires a buf­fer zone of 300-500 me­tres, yet it’s be­ing used in a res­i­den­tial area.

I un­der­stand the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture signed a per­mit that ex­pires in 2022, which al­lows them to use a cock­tail of chem­i­cals in the ur­ban area.

Quizalo­fop-P-ethyl is a level 6 poi­son. Glyphosate, a “prob­a­ble car­cino­gen” ac­cord­ing to In­ter­na­tional Stan­dards, is level 5. HI­LARY ROSS At­tadale

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