Banned pesticide used by province
“If the department were to undertake only brush cutting to clear all roadways, it would have to constantly monitor the condition of roadsides to see if new vegetation had appeared, and would have to constantly revisit areas to redo brush-cutting work, which would be less efficient and effective.” Simpson disagrees. “I think they should do it the more expensive way and hire people to do it with brush cutting, because I think that this is a very large amount of pesticide being used,” he said.
“It’s going to get into the water supplies. It spreads very rapidly. It’s broken down if it’s buried in soil very quickly, but it does spread by air and it spreads by water.”
As for the danger associated with Tordon 101, Simpson said, “that’s the thousand-dollar question.”
“In terms of acute toxicity, kill you on the spot - not very (dangerous). Long-term, small amounts, probably more than people realize,” he said.
He added that several studies have made links between these chemicals and developmental disorders and birth defects and degenerative diseases and cancers in adults.
TC Media requested an interview with Environment Minister Terry French to discuss the continued use of Tordon 101 but was told he was unavailable.
However, a statement from the department was provided.
“In all provinces of Canada that have set similar residential bans, roadside vegetation control is still considered a necessary use,” she wrote.
“Furthermore, the pesticide itself has never been banned from any province. The Provincial Government accepts that the federal registration process ensures that such products can be used without causing undue harm to people or the environment.
“The contractor for the provincial roadside spraying program has complied with all requirements of the licence terms and conditions.”
These conditions include informing the public of where it will be spraying these chemicals. This usually takes the form of newspaper advertisement.
Simpson doesn’t think that is suffi- cient warning.
“I don’t think the public has been aware of what’s planned or what’s started to be performed,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: