By Miriam Raftery
April 1, 2015 (Ocotillo) – Residents of Ocotillo after discovering in late March that a powerful herbicide was been sprayed on desert soil over a federally protected aquifer – the town’s sole-source water supply.
ECM photographer Jim Pelley, an Ocotillo resident, photographed workers spraying the substance on Bureau of Land Management public property. “A BLM representative was there and they told me they were spraying Round-UP Pro,” Pelley says.
On March 22nd, Reuters reported that the World Health Organization’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Company’s herbicide, RoundUp, is “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans."
East County Magazine has contacted Senator Barbara Boxer, ranking minority member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, to request comment on this issue and we will report back once a response is received.