County Extends Moratorium on Use of Roundup Pesticide

Published : Friday, May 3, 2019 | 4:41 AM

The County of Los Angeles has extended its moratorium on the use of the herbicide Roundup for another 30 days.

In early March, Pasadena Now and the Pasadena Weekly first reported that the County had sprayed Roundup inside Northeast Pasadena.

The moratorium was originally ordered at the request of County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in response to complaints of Roundup use in Pasadena, specifically at a heliport on the Sierra Madre Debris Basin.

In a March 12 statement Barger said, “there is a growing body of scientific study around the safety of using herbicides and the potential for negative impact on human, animal, and environmental health.”

Barger spokesman Tony Bell confirmed the extension, as the County Department of Public Works, “needs more time to study the issue and access appropriate alternatives.”

Roundup is the commercial name under which Monsanto, now merged with Bayer AG, has marketed the herbicide glyphosate.

There have been several cases across the country in which juries have awarded people who claim to have contracted cancer through contact with Roundup some hefty financial sums.

The use of glyphosate, a main ingredient in the herbicide brand called “Roundup,” is a well-known and effective weed abatement method used by many public and private entities.

The County’s Agricultural Commissioner, who has established protocols for its use in full compliance with all Federal and State regulations, also uses herbicide. Despite these controls, however, there is a growing body of scientific study around the safety of using herbicides and the potential for negative impacts on human, animal, and environmental health.

“In a 2015 study led by 17 experts from 11 countries, the World Health Agency’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate should be classified as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans,’” Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said when the moratorium was first proposed. “That conclusion makes it imperative that we question any long-term use of this controversial herbicide, and that’s exactly what this motion calls for.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed its usage safe under the proper conditions and has not banned the popular weedkiller.

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