Care needed as weed­killer sprayed

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I HAVE been in­formed that the blue/green weed­killer which Hilling­don coun­cil re­cently sprayed on lo­cal pave­ments was a glyphospate.

The In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer – part of the “World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion” – has re­cently iden­ti­fied glyphosate as a “prob­a­ble car­cino­gen” (can­cer­causer).

I don’t think it should have been sprayed at a time when peo­ple, in­clud­ing me, were walk­ing past within a few feet of the sprayers.

I’m also con­cerned about the health of the men do­ing the spray­ing as they weren’t wear­ing masks or pro­tec­tive suits.

In the past we were as­sured that many things were safe, which turned out not to be.

For in­stance, un­til the 1990s a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple de­vel­oped leukaemia af­ter the tim­bers in­side their house were treated with a can­cer-caus­ing pes­ti­cide (Lin­dane).

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