Cllr Georgina Milne urges Council to stop weedkiller use

Monday 13 August 2018

Cllr Georgina Milne has urged Belfast City Council to stop the use of weedkiller following the “Roundup” case in which a US judge stated that the product caused terminal cancer. 

Cllr Milne, who represents the Ormiston area of East Belfast, said:

“The World Health Organisation states that weedkiller probably causes cancer yet we spray it across our parks and green spaces. It’s potentially dangerous for Council staff who use the product often and it’s devastating for insects, with the bee population hit particularly hard.

“Belfast City Council must apply the precautionary principle and protect workers, park users and wildlife by stopping the use of this product.

“I’ve raised this issue before with Council and advocated for the use of non chemical methods to manage our parks and open spaces. I’ll be revisiting the matter again in light of this damning and concerning judgement on the dangers of weedkiller use”.

ENDS

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