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."