Is Paraquat Used on Golf Courses?

Paraquat, a chemical herbicide and effective weed killer, has been sold by Syngenta and Chevron since the 1960s and has been widely used on golf courses, recreational areas, such as parks, and extensively within the agricultural industry. 

Even small amounts can cause poisoning, resulting in heart, kidney, liver failure, and lung scarring. 

A growing number of plaintiffs have filed Paraquat lawsuits against the manufacturer, alleging that they either knew or should have known that exposure to the herbicide. At the same time, it is being sprayed or after it drifts through the air, which can cause the development of Parkinson’s disease. 

Have you or your loved ones used Syngenta and Chevron Paraquat herbicide and received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s or any other diseases?

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Paraquat used by golf course workers

Paraquat has been commonly used on golf courses putting maintenance workers and golfers at risk for serious illness.

What Is Paraquat?

Used mainly in agriculture, as a powerful herbicide or plant killer, with applications for weed and grass control, it is a toxic chemical that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified as ‘restricted use.’ 

The sale thereof is heavily regulated, and users must undergo special certification and training, especially in handling, mixing, and preparation. Usage has been banned on home gardens, schools, recreational parks, golf courses, or playgrounds. Only commercial licensees are permitted to purchase Paraquat.

Due to being highly poisonous, this weed killer has a sharp odor and is dyed blue to prevent confusion with other household edible items, such as coffee. 

Paraquat Applications

Paraquat is applied manually and is sprayed using either a backpack sprayer or a handheld sprayer. Groundskeepers spray the herbicide onto the golf courses directly. It has also been sprayed using tractors equipped to spray herbicide on golf courses and crop dusters over agricultural fields.

This herbicide’s capability to control weeds made it a popular choice for groundskeepers. It has been used on golf courses around the USA for decades, but since July 2021, the EPA has prohibited its use on golf courses and parks.

“Is Paraquat used on golf courses?” can be answered by saying that it was, but it is no longer allowed by legislation. Whether many golf courses adhere to this law is another question entirely, with dire consequences for staff should the highly toxic herbicide prohibition be ignored.

Paraquat Exposure

Golfers and others exposed to this powerful herbicide are potentially at risk to harm. Potential victims include those who frequented golf courses, either in pursuit of their occupation or in a recreational capacity, such as:

  • Groundskeepers of the golf course
  • The permanent staff of the golf course
  • Golf coaches with students on the golf course
  • Caddies in attendance at the golf course
  • Golfers playing on the golf courses
  • Golf course visitors
  • Residents living close to the golf course, with potential exposure to Paraquat runoff or drift

Agricultural workers, who worked in, and around the fields that were crop sprayed with Paraquat have a similar outcome and are at potential risk of exposure to Paraquat runoff or drift.

Workers are known to spray Paraquat on nearly every inch of the golf course to kill weeds seen as an eyesore to the surrounding area. 
Health Risks of Paraquat

Health Risks Associated With Paraquat

Paraquat can either be ingested, inhaled, or with skin contact, especially if the skin is broken. The symptoms of Paraquat poisoning, after large amounts of ingestion, within a few hours to a few days, are:

  • Acute Kidney failure
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Fast heart rate
  • Injury to the heart
  • Liver failure
  • Lung scarring (evolves more quickly than when small to medium amounts have been ingested)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)
  • Respiratory (breathing) failure, possibly leading to death
  • Seizures

The CDC lists the following adverse health effects after small to medium ingestion:

  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Lung scarring

Parkinson’s Disease

In 2012, UCLA researchers discovered a link between pesticide usage and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating neurological disorder.

They found that those who had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and were exposed to Paraquat had three times more chance of developing Parkinson’s. This study linked Paraquat to Parkinson’s.

In May 2013, a study was published that linked linking pesticide exposure to an increased risk of the development of Parkinson’s disease, showing:

  • Pesticide exposure could increase the risk of developing deadly Parkinson’s disease by 60%
  • Risk increased with exposure to any pesticide, but exposure to specific chemicals doubled the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Chemicals used in the test included Paraquat, Maneb, and other pesticides and herbicides.

These two studies show Paraquat was linked to Parkinson’s disease ten years ago. The danger is so acute that in March 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be re-evaluating the health risks associated with Paraquat use, with many health experts and consumer advocacy groups calling for Paraquat to be removed from the US market.

Caddy Files Paraquat Lawsuit

A former Oak Park Country Club golf caddy filed a Paraquat lawsuit in September 2021 in the US District Court of the Southern District of Illinois.

The plaintiff directly blamed exposure to the controversial weed killer and stated Paraquat use as the reason for his debilitating neurological injuries, consistent with Parkinson’s disease. 

The lawsuit states, “Paraquat entered Plaintiff’s bloodstream, attacked his nervous system, and caused him to develop Parkinson’s disease. Until recently, Plaintiff had no reason to suspect his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis was connected to his past Paraquat exposure.”

Hire A Personal Injury Attorney To Resolve Your Compensation Claim

Do you believe you were exposed to Paraquat and diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Or were you exposed to Paraquat and now suffer from any other disease? Did you suffer any loss due to being exposed to Paraquat? 

Contact our Paraquat personal injury lawyers as soon as possible, and allow them to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. 

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