Thursday, April 12, 2012

A legal perspective on Cosmetic Pesticides

Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, was invited to present to the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides. Andrew's presentation covers what is considered "acceptable risk" by Health Canada, and the implications of possible policy changes regarding the use of cosmetic pesticides in B.C.


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Pesticide regulations are inadequate: Murphy


For Immediate Release
April 11, 2012

Pesticide regulations are inadequate: Murphy

As residents of the province start planning for spring and summer lawn care, the NDP Environment Critic is expressing disappointment in the regulations government has introduced around cosmetic pesticides.

MHA George Murphy (St. John’s East) says when government made the announcement last July, the NDP and environment groups in the province were pleased with what they saw as a first step. The reality, however, goes nowhere near far enough to protect the people of the province.

“These regulations do not apply to anything other than home lawns, for one thing,” Murphy said today. “Toxic chemicals can still be applied anywhere else, including soccer and baseball fields, parks, and hospital grounds. We have had no indication that government plans to extend the safety measures.

“The regulations only stipulate five chemicals which cannot be used on lawns. Contrast this to a province like Ontario, which bans 96 separate active ingredients in cosmetic pesticides, and you can see the inadequacy of our regulations. Just as one example – Roundup, one of the compounds most of concern to environmental experts, is not included in this ban.”

Murphy is also reminding residents of government promises last July to increase inspections for compliance and to hold information sessions on lawn health for residents of the province. “We have not yet seen any plan for either of these very important components,” Murphy said today.

“We need stronger regulations, yes, but ideally we need to have the cosmetic pesticides ban enshrined in legislation,” he added. “Regulations are always subject to change with minimal public scrutiny; legislation offers a more solid base of protection.”

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The regulations, which come into effect May 1, can be found at this link. The five pesticides now banned in the province are in section 14-1.

For more information, contact Jean Graham, ph. 729-2137 (o) or 693-9172 (c).


Jean Graham, Director of Communications
NDP Caucus Office
3rd Floor North, East Block
Confederation Building
St. John's, NL 
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pesticides; Changes by government don’t go far enough

Published on April 4, 2012

Dear Editor: The Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides-NL has been lobbying for changes in the pesticide legislation, for a ban on those non-essential pesticides that are shown to be harmful to peoples health, for a “white” list of safe acceptable products and for legislation comparable to that in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Last July, when Ross Wiseman was minister of the Environment, he announced there would be a ban on five products.

We have corresponded with his department, and had a meeting last month with his successor Minister Terry French.

It appears the restrictions to pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador will be limited to a few products, and that this will be brought about by change in regulations, not by legislation.

In addition, we are led to believe that there will be no approved list of products.

There is no indication that there will be an effective monitoring or educational system in place. Nor is there any plan, or one that we have been able to find, to screen new products from entering the system.

In other words 2,4-D will be banned, but there is no regulation preventing glyphosate (Roundup) from being used extensively within our communities.

CAP-NL has written the department detailing our concerns, but to date has not received a satisfactory reply. As the spray season is soon to be here, it is important that our communities and citizens become aware of the likely deficiencies in the new — soon to be announced — regulations.

Dr. Ian McD Simpson, Humber Village


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