Sunday, September 13, 2009

Alaska Railroad to Dump Track Workers & Replace Them With Herbicides

Alaska Railroad plans significant layoffs: Alaska News |

Comments are due September 15 on the Alaska Railroad's application to the Department of Environmental Conservation seeking approval for spraying herbicides on 90 miles of track from Seward to Indian. If approved this will be the first such widespread application of herbicides in Alaska in the last 25 years. Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga whales, salmon, and human residents will face continuing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals if the railroad is allowed to proceed. Alternatives that have worked in the past to control vegetation without herbicides include spreading clean ballast on the track bed and using prisoners to clear brush along the ballast.

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