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Dam Owner Faces Penalty for Herbicide Treatment
The company that owns Messalonskee Dam will face a penalty from the state after an employee was caught spraying a toxic weed killer in and around the water.

The herbicide Durazone, sold by Bayer, kills a wide variety of plants and its label warns it’s toxic to plants, fish and other aquatic animals. The National Pesticide Information Center says prolonged or extreme exposure by humans can cause severe health effects from shedding fingernails to spontaneous late-term abortions.

 
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War on Weeds Loses Ground - With its jumble of leaves and pointy, green, flower spikes, the plant known as pigweed or palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) isn’t much to look at. But to farmers in the southeastern United States, it is a formidable foe. Having evolved the ability to withstand glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide Roundup, it now flourishes unchecked alongside crops such as cotton and soya bean that are genetically modified to be glyphosate tolerant.


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