Do you support the recycling of grass, crop residues and manures into compost?
Do you believe that composting is an important part of our sustainable future?
Then send a message to the EPA: NO MORE PERSISTENT HERBICIDES!
Recently Green Mountain Compost, owned and operated by Chittenden County Solid Waste District, Williston, Vermont, suffered a devastating discovery-something in their compost was causing garden plants to contort and wither! The culprit? A couple of pernicious, persistent herbicides called clopyralid and picloram. The same chemicals that in the past have hurt facilities in Washington, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.
How would you feel if these were your tomato plants? Mad and upset! It is time to take action.
We are calling on the EPA to add a "compostability test" to its registration requirements, and to set a compostability standard for all chemicals that could potentially end up in a composting facility.
We are further urging EPA to:
- Immediately initiate a Special Review Process for all herbicides that are pyridine-based compounds and act by mimicking plant growth hormones (auxins), and
- Impose a moratorium on the use and sale of these herbicides pending the conclusion of the Special Review Process.
Send a letter to the EPA, or read more by clicking one of these links:
Thank you for your support of organics recycling in the US!
US Composting Council