16 Sep 2012

Herbicide poses potential risk to aquatic organisms

9:02 am on 16 September 2012

Environmental Protection Authority officials have received 26 submissions from individuals and organisations on an application to allow certain herbicides to be used to control aquatic pest plants.

The Agricultural Re-assessment Group wants permission to use the herbicidesto target aquatic plants such as alligator weed, manchurian wild rice as well as a variety of grasses and sedges.

The herbicides contain one of four active ingredients currently approved for use on land.

The group has identified a small number of potential risks to aquatic organisms if there's uncontrolled spraying over water.

The EPA intends hearing the submissions towards the end of October.