2019 February: Jerilderie (NSW). Spray Drift

EPA investigating possible spray drift near Jerilderie

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating an alleged incident of potential spray drift that impacted a local cotton crop at Jerilderie in the state’s Riverina region.

 EPA Manager Regional Operations Riverina Far West Craig Bretherton said an investigation commenced after a complaint was made to the EPA’s Environment Line in December.

“Disappointingly, this is the second consecutive year this has occurred to summer crops in the area,” Mr Bretherton said.

The EPA has taken samples from the farm and these are currently being tested as part of the investigation.

Mr Bretherton said this is a timely reminder to landholders and contractors to use herbicides responsibly this summer to avoid spray drift that may impact surrounding areas.