Health fears over weed killer scheme

A NEW weed killer which is being used on farmland close to Omagh’s main drinking water reservoir contains a chemical which is the focus of a major review over health concerns.

Northern Ireland Water has described as ‘innovative’ the project on land in the Sperrins close to the Glenhordial Reservoir to replace the use of herbicides with new products containing glyphosate.

It began last year following concerns that the level of herbicides going into the water used by 11,000 people in Omagh exceeded European Union and World Health Organisation targets.


But now councillors in Tyrone are calling for fresh assurances over the use of glyphosate. France is planning to ban its use within three years, despite the European Food Safety Authority stating that it is ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer in humans.

In a response to the Tyrone Herald, NI Water said “the use of glyphosate, in a best practice and controlled manner, does not pose a threat to public health”.

They added, “The use of glyphosate is under continual review and NI Water will adopt new products as they are tested and approved, and provide most protection for the environment and public health.”


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