Use of glyphosate in weed spraying work

Stuart Kelly made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

What advice has Wirral MBC taken in the light of the report from The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organisation (WHO) agency, which suggests that the herbicide glyphosate are “probably carcinogenic to humans” ? http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcn...

Glyphosate is the active chemical in the Monsanto product ‘Roundup’ used by WBC for its weed spraying work scheduled to begin March/April 2015
http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/tra...

Will the council be taking any steps to prevent the use of this chemical on our streets and playgrounds in the light of this new research?

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Kelly

veritas left an annotation ()

Good question Mr. Kelly & on the ball for what will be a new health & safety hot potato to all local authorities directly or indirectly (via contract) responsible for delivering a grounds maintenance service. No doubt there will be a slow response on this as I would be very surprised if WBC had even considered this before your timely prompt. There are huge possible ramifications on the past, let alone possibly continued, use of glyphosate, not only for children (using play areas) and adult members of the public, but also for WBC Parks & Countryside staff who have been given it to use for spraying work for the last 20+ years. Let's see if your FOI has the desired effect and someone (hopefully there will be an officer in that section) with some intelligence and integrity comes up with an alternate, safe to use herbicide - I certainly hope so :-) veritas

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Kelly

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

Wirral Council takes its obligations to health and safety in the use of
herbicides and pesticides seriously.

 

We are satisfied that pesticides/herbicides must first be approved and
licenced by Government and EU authorities, and that they are continually
monitored.

 

In the UK there has been a long running exercise monitoring operators’
health and this link to cancer has not to our knowledge been identified
either in this or any other study.

 

We will continue to monitor our use of herbicides and, where we can, will
look to further reduce their use if appropriate.

 

At present we feel it is appropriate to continue with the use of selected
herbicides as part of a balanced and integrated management programme.

 

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From: Stuart Kelly [[2]mailto:[FOI #260991 email]]

Sent: 30 March 2015 12:18

To: InfoMgr, FinDMT

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Use of glyphosate in weed
spraying work

 

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

What advice has Wirral MBC taken in the light of the report from The
International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organisation
(WHO) agency, which suggests that the herbicide glyphosate are “probably
carcinogenic to humans” ?
[3]http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcn...

 

 

 

Glyphosate is the active chemical in the Monsanto product ‘Roundup’ used
by WBC for its weed spraying work scheduled to begin March/April 2015
[4]http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/tra...

 

 

 

Will the council be taking any steps to prevent the use of this chemical
on our streets and playgrounds in the light of this new research?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Stuart Kelly

 

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Marcus Drummond left an annotation ()

Hello. I would like to point to the recent events which have occurred in the US related to the use of Roundup where a jury found Monsanto guilty of causing Lee Johnson terminal cancer. He was awarded $289,000,000

https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...

I think its time the council reopened this investigation and reconsiders its us of this clearly life threatening substance.

Yours Marcus Drummond

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