22 Jul '12, 1pm

DuPont Facing 30,000 Claims 4 Tree Deaths due to massively toxic #herbicide allowed on the market with no safety tests

DuPont Facing 30,000 Claims 4 Tree Deaths due to massively toxic #herbicide allowed on the market with no safety tests

Andrew Spear for The New York Times A dead evergreen, apparently killed by the herbicide Imprelis, in Janet and Robert DaPrato’s yard in Columbus, Ohio. The couple say they lost two trees last year and that two more have died since. A year after it became clear that a new and highly touted lawn herbicide called Imprelis was killing and damaging many thousands of trees around the country, the manufacturer, DuPont , is busy processing claims for compensation. Some 30,000 homeowners, golf courses, municipalities and landscapers have submitted claims. The formal deadline for submission was Feb. 1, but a few are still trickling in and being accepted, the company said. The process will probably be completed by the fall, DuPont officials say. DuPont would not estimate how many trees have died from exposure the chemical, but experts on trees say it is likely in the hundreds of tho...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/dupont-facing-3...

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