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Spraying of herbicide delayed

March 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The U.S. Border Patrol has agreed to delay spraying herbicide near the Rio Grande until more talks are held with Mexican officials. U.S. officials say the herbicide, imazapyr, does not harm people or animals, but Mexican officials want to do their own review.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the binational agency that oversees the river met Tuesday to discuss the plan to test the herbicide on carrizo cane. The towering plants suck up river water and obscure the banks along much of the Rio Grande, making it difficult for agents to see people crossing the border.

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