AERIAL spraying of new forestry plantations in the Coaldale Valley has angered residents who say herbicide drifting on to their properties could pollute their drinking water and damage grazing land. Cattle farmer Allan Reardon complained to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) last Friday after he saw herbicide drifting across his farm and residence during the aerial spraying of a neighbouring property.
Owner John McDermott said the company used a process called ‘placement spraying’ to direct the spray within set boundaries. “It’s extremely accurate it doesn’t produce fine particles that can drift and the product we are using is very target specific,” he said.
“We were quite concerned about our grandchildren being here, and the water in our tanks.” Despite the evidence of drift, Mr Golding said he stopped pursuing the case when told the helicopter pilot would be prosecuted and not the company that ordered the spraying.
Councillor Fred Morgan said he raised the issue at this week’s civil and corporate committee meeting after being made aware of it by Coaldale residents, and the situation was now on the council agenda.