Federal agency wants to return to using herbicides

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The federal lands office has proposed using high-powered toxic chemicals to kill acres of weeds in Eugene.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management hasn't used herbicides in the Eugene area since a conservation group's 1984 lawsuit spurred a court injunction that stopped the practice.

But the Eugene Register-Guard reports the bureau has finalized an environmental-impact study and weed management plan, and is inviting public comment.

Conservation groups oppose the use of any herbicides, the newspaper reports, as the federal lands are interspersed with private land.

The groups also worry the herbicides could do more damage to native species than the weeds they target.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com