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After 30 years of controlling weeds without chemicals, the Alaska Railroad Corporation has applied for a permit to spray an herbicide cocktail containing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's RoundUp. The proposed area stretches along 122 miles of track and covers 243 acres in areas of Palmer/Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks.

Not only is use of this toxic mixture unnecessary, it is also harmful to human health (linked to birth defects and hormone disruption) and the environment. 

Sign the petition below and urge the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to deny this permit. Join PAN and Alaska Community Action on Toxics in calling on ADEC to protect communities neighboring rail lines from being exposed to this herbicide cocktail.

Commissioner Larry Hartig
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Dear Commissioner

We are writing to urge your agency to protect Alaska communities and waterways, and deny Alaska Railroad Corporation's request for permission to spray the herbicides Aquamaster and Agri-Dex along railroad right of ways.

This herbicide mixture includes glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto's RoundUp), a chemical known to harm human health, with science linking exposure to birth defects and hormone disruption.

The proposed application area includes salmon streams and wetlands, drinking water sources, berry-picking areas, farms and neighborhoods.

Alaska Railroad has controlled weeds without herbicides since 1978, when chemical use along rail lines was banned because of Alaskans’ concern about environmental and health harms. The Railroad’s current assertion that the herbicide mixture is safe for application in and around water flies in the face of peer-reviewed science showing direct harm to waterways and human health.

We agree that vegetation must be controlled around the railroad. However, there is no reason that this cannot be accomplished without the use of harmful herbicide/chemical mixtures; there are viable, economical alternatives that preclude the need for chemical treatments.

Instead of permitting the Railroad to use herbicides, we again urge the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to require that the Alaska Railroad establish a public oversight council to fully evaluate, develop and adopt an integrated least-toxic vegetation management system for the Alaska Railroad, including mechanical, cultural and biological methods. The public oversight council will ensure proper implementation of economically feasible alternatives to the use of herbicides for controlling vegetation in railroad rights-of-way and rail yards.

Thank you for taking action in the interest of all Alaskans.

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