Thursday, April 12, 2012

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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