Title

The threat of a lawsuit by environmental activists has led Millbridge-based Jasp

Authors

Sean Donahue

Source

Mainebiz

Date

5-30-2005

Pages

1, 16-19

Abstract

The threat of a lawsuit by environmental activists has led Millbridge-based Jasper Wyman & Sons to stop aerial spraying. Portland-based Environment Maine got involved in the dispute in 2004, after residents claimed that chemicals from blueberry spraying were drifting into homes and fields. Cherryfield Foods and Wyman's had been helping the state's Board of Pesticides conduct drift studies of air and water after spraying. Environmentalists used those studies to threaten lawsuits against both companies for discharging a pollutant into Maine waters without a permit. Wyman's believes aerial spraying is not subject to federal Clean Water Act rules, and Wyman CEO Ed Flanagan hopes Congress will pass a bill to exempt agricultural pesticide use from the Clean Water Act. With details on similar cases in Oregon that were won by environmentalists.

Subjects

Pesticides, Water pollution, Wyman, Jasper & Son Milbridge

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