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Chemical Treatment of Arlington Pond Postponed Due to Contamination Worries
Public concern about using chemicals to kill invasive plants in Arlington Pond has halted the project. It would have been the first time the pond has been chemically treated because the weeds have become a nuisance.

The plan called for treating approximately 25 acres of the 238-acre pond with two herbicides, Clipper and Reward, to combat spiny naiad and fanwort. Residents were worried about what will happen to the water, which is a major source of drinking water for the town.

The firm contracted to perform the work sent letters to residents regarding the work being done and asked them to contact the firm if their wells are within 50 feet of the water. Most of the wells on Arlington Pond are less than 50 feet from the water.

Clipper and Reward contain the chemicals flumioxazin and Diquat, respectively. Testing on rats has shown flumioxazin can led to reproductive organ abnormalities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Excessive levels of Diquat in drinking water can cause cataracts over many years, the EPA said.


 
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