BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont solid waste district is expecting to pay up to $1 million for its costs associated with selling compost that was contaminated with herbicides.
The Williston-based Chittenden Solid Waste District sold the compost in the months prior to the discovery of the contamination in June after some plants grown with the compost wilted.
Officials are still trying to figure out where the herbicide came from. Tests have provided conflicting results.
The Burlington Free Press is reporting the district has started reimbursing gardeners whose plants were damaged by the herbicide. So far the district has spent about $92,000.
The district is also negotiating, so far unsuccessfully, with its insurance company to cover the costs, expected to reach $1 million.
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