Alaska Railroad seeks to use herbicide on weeds

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad is again trying to find ways to kill weeds on some sections of its track.

Railroad officials said they want to use a herbicide that targets only plants and doesn't affect animals or fish. The Anchorage Daily News said the state-owned carrier hopes to use it next year along track between Seward and Indian that are at least 100 feet from water.

Critics said the weed-killer the railroad wants to use could potentially harm animals and humans, and there are few places on the rail line where water is far enough away.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to decide on the railroad's request next spring. The agency rejected the last request to use herbicides two years ago.

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