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NO. 30. AN ACT RELATING TO CREATING A MORATORIUM ON THE APPLICATION OF HERBICIDES AS A FORESTRY PRACTICE.

(S.28)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. MORATORIUM ON APPLICATION OF HERBICIDES AS A FORESTRY PRACTICE

A moratorium is imposed on the aerial or other broadcast application of herbicides, as herbicides are defined in section 911 of Title 6, for forestry purposes. As used in this section, "the application of herbicides for forestry purposes" is limited to the use of herbicides in the commercial production of hardwoods and softwoods and does not include the use of herbicides in the production of agricultural products as defined in

6 V.S.A. 2964(e), or the use of herbicides to preserve utility rights-of-way. For purposes of this section, broadcast application is defined as general application to an area other than by on-foot application to specific target plants using any of the following application methods: backpack mist sprayer, tree injector, handheld spray bottle, wick, or brush.

Sec. 2. REPORT TO LEGISLATURE REGARDING HERBICIDES

By no later than January 15, 2003, the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation, in consultation with representatives of the University of Vermont, the Vermont pesticide advisory council, the department of agriculture, food and markets, and herbicide manufacturers, shall report to the legislative Natural Resources and Energy Committees with respect to the current status of scientific and technical literature regarding advances made in herbicide manufacturing and application and the current status of scientific studies assessing the health and environmental effects of these chemicals.

Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved: Became Law Without Governor’s Signature