Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, a group that works to protect the state’s environment, said they initially asked for a ban on the spraying of dicamba but supported the cut-off date over no action. Walling said the organization’s concerns include what is happening to natural areas across the state and even trees in people’s yards.
“This seems like it’s going to a chronic issue, rather than just a one-off,” Walling said. “Unfortunately that seems to be the case now that the cut-off date didn’t impact the issue in the way that we had hoped.”
“With 400,000 lead service lines lurking beneath Chicago homes, the city faces the worst documented lead line problem in the nation. But a new law