Timber Company Resumes Herbicide Spraying After Investigation
Posted August 7, 2001 2:15 a.m. EDT
WILMINGTON — International Paper has resumed herbicide spraying in the southeastern part of North Carolina for the first time since an investigation into the use of herbicides on local swamps.
Community activists in Brunswick and Columbus counties worry that the chemicals are leaving too little food for wildlife and are running off into streams and groundwater.
Inspectors with the state Division of Water Quality found evidence last summer that herbicides were being sprayed over wet sections of the Green Swamp in apparent violation of regulations. They asked the North Carolina Pesticides Board to investigate.
The company voluntarily suspended spraying on the 540,000 acres it owns in the region.
Timber companies use herbicides to kill vegetation that competes with pines for nutrients and sunlight.