Guest blog: Alaska railroads don’t need herbicides

Pamela Miller
PANNA

In Alaska, our railroad lines traverse hundreds of salmon streams and wetlands, drinking water sources, berry-picking areas, farms and neighborhoods.

After more than 30 years of controlling vegetation without chemicals, the Alaska Railroad Corporation is now looking to apply a toxic herbicide mixture along 122 miles of railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks. We at Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) are doing all we can to stop this shift.

As a biologist and long-time Alaska resident, I am deeply disturbed that our state regulators might allow the railroad corporation to apply poisons to control weeds, when there are plenty of safe alternatives.

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