FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

28 September 2021

Information Sought
I request the following information:

1. Which glyphosate-based herbicides[1] are currently used by or on behalf of the Council and/or on land owned by, managed by, or under the control of, the Council?

2. For the most recent 12-month period for which information is available, please could you tell me the amount and brand of each glyphosate-based herbicide in question, as well as the size of the area over which they were used.

3. Please could you explain the basis for (i) the Council’s choice of particular product(s), and (ii) the Council’s decision to use glyphosate-based herbicides rather than alternative methods. Please could you provide me with copies of any policy or other document which informs that decision-making.

4. I understand that, if the Council uses, or instructs other to use, plant protection products (including glyphosate-based herbicides) then the Council is required by law[2] to ensure that[3]:
all reasonable precautions are taken to protect human health and the environment;
the application of the plant protection product is confined to the crop, land, produce, buildings, contents of buildings, materials or other areas intended to be treated;
and when the product is used in places of heightened concern (which includes, among others, areas used by the public or vulnerable groups[4], areas in the close vicinity of healthcare facilities, and on or along roads, railway lines, very permeable surfaces, or other infrastructure close to surface water or groundwater) that the amount used and the frequency of use are as low as reasonably practicable.

5. Please explain how the Council ensures that it complies with the requirements set out above in paragraph 4, particularly in terms of operational decision-making by the Council?

6. Please provide me with copies of any policy or other document which informs the Council’s decision-making in relation to compliance with the legal requirements set out in paragraph 4 above. Please also provide copies of evidence of the Council’s decision-making over the past 12 months relating to the records of decisions taken to ensure the amount of plant protection products used and the frequency of use are as low as reasonably practicable.


 



East Herts Council Response

22 October 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1. Which glyphosate-based herbicides[1]are currently used by or on behalf of the Council and/or on land owned by, managed by, or under the control of, the Council? - Round-up ProActive

2. For the most recent 12-month period for which information is available, please could you tell me the amount and brand of each glyphosate-based herbicide in question, as well as the size of the area over which they were used. From the period 01/08/2020 to 31/07/2021 we used a total 25 litres. This was applied at the recommended rate of 20ml per litre of water - 3.0l/ha.

3. Please could you explain the basis for (i) the Council’s choice of particular product(s), and (ii) the Council’s decision to use glyphosate-based herbicides rather than alternative methods. Please could you provide me with copies of any policy or other document which informs that decision-making. Product is classified as non-hazardous by COSHH. Does not carry hazard symbols for transport and storage. Offers a high standard of operator safety. Approved for use in aquatic areas.

4. I understand that, if the Council uses, or instructs other to use, plant protection products (including glyphosate-based herbicides) then the Council is required by law[2] to ensure that[3]:

· all reasonable precautions are taken to protect human health and the environment; All spraying operators trained to PA1 - PA6 level.

· the application of the plant protection product is confined to the crop, land, produce, buildings, contents of buildings, materials or other areas intended to be treated;

· and when the product is used in places of heightened concern (which includes, among others, areas used by the public or vulnerable groups[4], areas in the close vicinity of healthcare facilities, and on or along roads, railway lines, very permeable surfaces, or other infrastructure close to surface water or groundwater) that the amount used and the frequency of use are as low as reasonably practicable.All spraying operators trained to PA1 - PA6 level.

5. Please explain how the Council ensures that it complies with the requirements set out above in paragraph 4, particularly in terms of operational decision-making by the Council? Copy of all herbicide application sheets given to East Herts by our contractors

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Telephone 0303 123 1113

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Thank you for your request.