Ban im­ple­mented on cos­metic pes­ti­cides for lawn care

The Compass - - EDI­TO­RIAL OPIN­ION -

The Govern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador will im­ple­ment a ban on the sale and use of pes­ti­cides for cos­metic lawn care pur­poses through­out the prov­ince, En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Mi n i s t e r R o s s Wi se­man an­nounced July 14.

“Our govern­ment has thor­oughly ex­am­ined all as­pects of the pes­ti­cides de­bate, us­ing that in­for­ma­tion to in­form our de­ci­sion to ban prod­ucts used for cos­metic lawn care pur­poses in New­found­land and Labrador,” said Wise­man.

“ We have lis­tened to the con­cerns raised by many in­di­vid­u­als and groups in the prov­ince, an­a­lyzed the re­search con­ducted by nu­mer­ous sources, looked at other ju­ris­dic­tions and, as a re­sult, will im­ple­ment a ban on cos­metic pes­ti­cides that are cur­rently be­ing used for lawn care.”

In or­der to al­low ad­e­quate time for ven­dors, home­own­ers and lawn care com­pa­nies to pre­pare for this ban, it will take ef­fect in the 2012 lawn care sea­son.

The fol­low­ing pes­ti­cides will no longer be per­mit­ted for ap­pli­ca­tion on lawns in the prov­ince: car­baryl, 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophe­noxy­acetic acid), meco­prop, dicamba, and MCPA ( 2-me t h y l - 4 - chlorophe­noxy­acetic acid).

As an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion for lawn care main­te­nance by home­own­ers, sev­eral prod­ucts ap­proved by Health Canada can con­tinue to be used on lawns. These in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, in­sec­ti­ci­dal soaps to con­trol chinch bugs, corn gluten meal, Fi­esta (an iron-based prod­uct to con­trol dan­de­lion), and acetic acid to con­trol other weeds.

“ We rec­og­nize that many in­di­vid­u­als may want op­tions to help man­age is­sues with their lawns, and other reg­is­tered prod­ucts present vi­able op­tions,” said Wise­man.

“ We will en­hance our pro­mo­tional and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the proper use of pes­ti­cides and al­ter­na­tives such as proper lawn in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance, and will in­vite part­ner­ships with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and lo­cal gar­den­ing groups to help ed­u­cate home­own­ers on the al­ter­na­tives to pes­ti­cide use on lawns.

“ While we al­ready host an­nual turf con­fer­ences and par­tic­i­pate in lawn and gar­den shows, we will also hold in­for­ma­tion ses­sions through­out the prov­ince to help teach in­di­vid­u­als how to in­crease the health of their lawns.”

In an ef­fort to en­sure com­pli­ance with the ban, the govern­ment will in­crease in­spec­tions of pes­ti­cide stor­age and treat­ment ar­eas to en­sure com­pa­nies are us­ing prod­ucts that have been ap­proved for use in the prov­ince.

Pes­ti­cides are reg­u­lated by the Pest Man­age­ment Reg­u­la­tory Agency, a branch of Health Canada, un­der the Pest Con­trol Prod­ucts Act, and are among the most strin­gently reg­u­lated sub­stances in Canada. In New­found­land and Labrador, pes­ti­cides are fur­ther reg­u­lated un­der the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act.

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