Dow is no longer selling the herbicide aminopyralid in the region after the chemical tainted compost sold by the Chittenden Solid Waste District.
New testing shows that Chittenden Solid Waste District’s herbicide-tainted Green Mountain Compost may contain only one, and possibly two, herbicides. Also, it appears that reimbursements to customers will be less than the $1 million initially estimated. In July, the CSWD recalled thousands of cubic yards of compost that contained traces of herbicides — under 16 […]
Though herbicides were found in other composts made in Vermont, Green Mountain Compost is the only operation whose customers’ gardens have suffered ill effects from persistent herbicides.
We cannot allow the use of chemicals to undermine the best mechanism we have (composting) for recycling organic materials to grow local food, which in itself is a critical strategy to mitigate the use of agrochemicals.
None of the other local products have reported plant die-offs. The Vermont Department of Health says the trace amounts of the chemicals are not a danger to human health.
Refunds are likely to include tax and delivery costs, the cost of materials and a per-cubic yard or per-bag reimbursement intended to compensate customers for the cost of seed, plants, materials, labor and produce.
Clopyralid turned up in all five horse manure/bedding samples and Picloram in four of five.
It is one of the mysteries bedeviling the investigation that both yard waste and horse manure/bedding, though not all samples of each, are showing up as contaminated.