In the past 122 days June 1 until today, October 1 The St. John's region has had a total of 6 full days and 20 partial days where the weather conditions met the regulations to permit spray activities.
Every year, Annual Pesticide Summaries provided by the department of environment shows millions of liters of pesticides used by commercial operators to spray our properties.
Yet, every year, the weather conditions reported by Environment Canada shows weather conditions which would make it illegal to apply pesticides in our province for most of the summer.
And now, this year the commercial operators have a new tool which enables them to get away with pesticide misuse. Our government are not inspecting or requiring third party calibration of wind meters used by the commercial operators, and to top it all off the department of environment are taking their word over Environment Canada's weather conditions and concerned citizens.
Commercial operators are spraying in high winds, not providing proper notification and spraying in rain. When corncerned citizens contact the department of environment the response is that the commercial operators said their wind meter states otherwise...wind meters....which do not require inspection or third part calibration, owned and operated by commercial operators is the only method the department of enviornment are requiring to ensure our wind conditions are met...
Commercial operators are finding their way around the rules each and every year and our government continues to alow this misue putting us in danger.
Several people informed me that they have filed complaints this year. They also told me that fines were not given as our department of environment are taking the word of the pesticide companies over concerned citizens...They were extremely frustrated by the treatment given to them by the department of environment.
One teacher and mother of two had made several complaints of violations, yet she was treated rudely by both the commercial operator and the department of environment. She filed the complaint only to have been treated like she was overreacting and lying. Our government turned a blind eye the commercial operators which ended up spraying in conditions which did not meet safety regulations and put the children on the road at risk.
Many more citizens have told me about their complaints being ignored by the department of environment.
These are not isolated cases. Pesticide abuse is widespread and a regular occurance in our province. Our government strill does not have the ability to enforce the regulations. --Regulations put in place for our minimal protection!
These same people are going to be drafting the upcoming pesticide "Ban"...I am not confident that these people will draft and enforce anything which will help the citizens of this province be protected from pesticide pollution.
Illegal pesticide spraying causes pesticides to drift and contaminate water, soil and the air.
This harms wildlife, drinking water pets and people including our children.
Please write to the minister of environment and ask why are they allowing us to be poisoned illegally? Please also tell them that they don't need to re-invent the wheel...Why have the very people in the department who protect the pesticide operators draft our legislation? Quebec, Ontairo and all Atlantic provinces have successful bans in place. We can simply follow these. We deserve the same protection as the citizens in other parts of Canada who are protected by the unnecessary use of these poisons.
Environment Minister Ross Wiseman
Department of Environment and Conservation
Tel: (709) 729-2577
Fax: (709) 729-0112
Also if anyone wishes to look into the legalities of the liability of our province allowing pesticide misuse, please contact me for a copy of a report contain years of pesticide misuse in Newfoundland.
If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.
Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 22 except 18 in onshore winds.
Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%
Where to report a violation