About the Problem...
The source of the
clopyralid contamination in Spokane WA was traced specifically to the
turf product, Confront, produced and marketed by Dow AgroSciences (a subsidiary
of Dow Chemical Company). It is heavily applied there by commercial lawn
care applicators whose services are widely used by homeowners and golf
courses for control of such "noxious" weeds as dandelions and
Persistent herbicides pose grave threats to the entire compost industry, as well as to state and local government programs that promote both backyard and centralized composting as the best management method of dealing with yard trimmings. Composting facility operators in have invested millions of dollars in testing and marketing compost products to the public, nurseries and landscapers in order to improve regional soil quality, reduce water consumption demands and improve water quality. Many communities ban the disposal of yard trimmings with garbage and many states prohibit the disposal of yard trimmings in landfills.
The existence of a class of herbicides that can damage the marketability of compost products is totally contradictory to all of our goals for recycling, resource conservation and sustainability.
LABELING ON CONFRONT
Dow must follow the Precautionary Principle and withdraw Confront immediately until Dow can prove that it is, or can be made, safe for recycling organics - or the product should be banned by local and state governments. Dow must take full financial responsibility for damage wrought by its product.
[adapted from Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner]