State votes limit on herbicide use

The efforts of state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) to get more control for towns over herbicides and pesticides sprayed along the Housatonic Railroad rights-of-way have paid off. 

Ohler’s initial bill was incorporated into the larger spending plan for the state Department of Transportation. All railroad companies in the state will be required to submit, each February, a vegetation management plan to each town along the rail lines. The companies will then have to allow towns to evaluate the plan and make any objections or suggestions.

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