Parents upset by Ball State herbicide-spraying plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Ball State University is moving ahead with plans to spray herbicides on the lawns around its K-12 school despite objections from parents worried it will expose their children to chemical toxins.

The parents concerned about spraying weed-killer around Burris Laboratory School include Dave Ring, who owns a Muncie organic grocery. He tells The Star Press he wants to reduce his children's long-term exposure to chemicals.

Ring says long-term exposure to chemicals "can lead to a horrible death from cancer or other ailments."

Ball State associate vice president of facilities Kevin Kenyon says the herbicide, Trimec 992, is the most studied broadleaf weed-killer in history.

But Hoosier Environmental Council staff attorney Kim Ferraro says just because a product is registered with the EPA doesn't "mean that exposure is safe."

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