Pesticides Control Board Investigating Herbicide Spray at Messalonskee Dam

Catherine Pegram

Updated 2 years ago

State officials says the company that owns Messalonskee River dam is facing anything from a warning to a fine after an employee sprayed toxic weed killer around the water. Maine’s Board of Pesticides Control is investigating the incident from August. The board’s director says a man in Oakland noticed an employee of Essex Hydro spraying the herbicide Durazone on a spillway board of the dam. We’re told the worker stopped and the net result was about a half-ounce of herbicide spread in the area, which was not enough to result in any environmental consequences.Officials say it could take a few months for the investigation to be complete and a penalty determined.


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