AUGUSTA – Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, earned a perfect score from the Maine Conservation Voters for his votes this session to preserve Maine’s natural resources, promote energy independence and protect the public from harmful chemicals. President Jackson was one of 18 state senators to earn a perfect score on the 2021 Environmental Scorecard released […]
Gov. Mills vetoes Jackson bill to ban the aerial spraying of glyphosate, other harmful chemicals in the Maine forests
To say this news is disappointing would be an understatement. How much longer are we going to allow large landowners to get away with spraying poison in our forests so they can grow their bottom line? The science is clear — the aerial spraying of glyphosate and other harmful chemicals has a devastating effect on our rivers and streams, plants and wildlife, and the health and well-being of people in the surrounding area. It’s also detrimental to hunting and fishing and the businesses that depend on outdoor recreation, and sets Maine back on our climate goals. Although the chances of overriding the governor’s veto are slim, Maine lawmakers will have one final opportunity to ban this practice once and for all. I’m hoping that we can come together as Democrats, Republicans and Independents to override this veto and put an end to this alarming practice.
The aerial spraying of toxic chemicals, including glyphosate, is a harmful and unnecessary practice that is becoming increasingly more popular among landowners at the expense of the people and wildlife in northern Maine. These chemicals seep into our rivers and streams, they do irreversible damage to the local ecosystem and wildlife and they threaten the health of our workers and families. Banning this practice is long overdue. I’m hopeful that the governor will sign this bill into law and to protect the health and well-being of the people working and living in northern Maine, and safeguard our natural resources for future generations.
In northern Maine, our environment is a critical part of who we are, what we do for work and where we spend our time. Aerial herbicide spraying puts all of that at risk for ourselves and future generations. It’s simply a risk that we can’t afford to take so some large can generate a large profit in the short term. We must band together and ban this harmful practice, not protect the status quo.