"Composters Call For Tighter Federal Regs On Herbicides"

"A year after chemical weed-killers contaminated compost in Vermont, the composting industry is calling for tighter federal regulations on persistent herbicides."

"The industry wants the Environmental Protection Agency to require more rigorous testing and to set safe levels of the chemicals in compost.

States around the country – including Vermont – are taking steps to reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfills. The leaves and yard clippings have to go somewhere. And that’s meant a boon business for commercial composters who turn the stuff into soil and garden supplements

Lori Scozzafava is the executive director of the U.S. Composting Council. She said the industry is alarmed by the growing use of persistent herbicides, which are harmful to plants in minute quantities."

John Dillon reports for Vermont Public Radio May 31, 2013.

Source: Vermont Public Radio, 06/03/2013