When Pat Elder was in town on February 21st to kick off his tour of military bases contaminated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Craig Lubow had a chance to interview him. We bring you that recording. Click here to hear Pat’s talk from when he was here.
But first, Paul Johnson, of the Kansas Rural Center discusses noxious weeds and toxic sprays in Kansas as well as the meeting planned this week in Oskaloosa. (see below)
MEETING ON TOXIC SPRAYS AND NOXIOUS WEEDS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY KS
Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 6:30pm
Jefferson County Courthouse, 2nd floor court room, 300 West Jefferson St., Oskaloosa KS 66066
As in pretty much every county in Kansas, the Jefferson County Public Works Department routinely drives spray trucks around to spray herbicides on what they consider roadside noxious weeds. Unless a landowner posts a sign saying “No Spray”, all roadside vegetation is subject to being hit with toxic chemicals. There also is a prevalent problem of herbicides sprayed indiscriminately on a neighbor’s farm drifting with the wind over to kill or damage crops on adjacent land.
This meeting will be informational, with the County’s Weed Department explaining about posting one’s land as a no-spray property., and on the chemicals used by the County Weed Department. There will also be an update on a new State Law that has moved the regulation of noxious weeds from the Kansas Legislature to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Following that, meeting participants will have a discussion of pro-active steps that Jefferson County can take to lessen ‘drift’ problems, and ample time for questions from the audience. For more info, contact [email protected] .