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Environment minister looking into call for ban on cosmetic pesticide

3 Feb 2011

The St. John’s Telegram ()
 
BY COLIN MACLEAN
cmaclean@thetelegram.com

Environment minister looking into call for ban on cosmetic pesticide

Newfoundlandand Labrador’s minister of environment and conservation says he needs time to absorb all the information on the rationale behind banning cosmetic pesticides.

Ross Wiseman took over the environmental portfolio a little more than a month ago and told The Telegram on Monday he is still studying all the files that have come with his new job.

However, he said he is aware of the concerns put forward by organizations within this province pushing for a ban on cosmetic pesticides.

“There’s been a number of files I’ve had a chance to review. This is one of them,” said Wiseman.

The Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides has been lobbying the province for several years, asking it to ban the sale and use of cosmetic pesticide.

During a recent public forum on the issue, organized by the coalition, members complained that requests to meet with the province on the issue have not achieved results. A few members of the public who attended the meeting also said they had written to the government asking for a ban. Those who received letters of response were told the issue was under study.

Wiseman said he has asked his staff to collect the necessary information on the issue for his personal study.

“ There’s some data being pulled together. The department has given some thought to the issue for some time now, and as part of that process obviously (has been) pulling together some of the current research on the topic. What I’ve asked for is a summary of the information that we have. There’s some new information I’d like to have in addition to the information we already have,” he said.

“Obviously when I get a chance then to review it, I’ll be in a position to make some decision and bring forward a recommendation to my cabinet colleagues.”

Wiseman did not say one way or another if the issue was a priority for his office.

“There’s been a lot of discussion over the two or three years around the issue, so I think it’s something we need to respond to,” he said. “In terms of where it would fit with respect to a priority of government, depending on when I get a chance to review the file, then I will be in a much better position to talk about how we move forward.” Best Blogger Tips
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