Wrong info on pes­ti­cide

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I re­cently wrote a letter to the ed­i­tor, which was pub­lished on Oct. 25, 2017, re­gard­ing the pes­ti­cide az­in­phos methyl.

The letter to the ed­i­tor was based on in­for­ma­tion con­tained in a pre­sen­ta­tion that was pre­sented in the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fisheries on 15 Sept. 2017 ti­tled “Brief­ing on fish kills.”

Part of that brief­ing re­ferred to az­in­phos methyl as if it was still be­ing used to­day. After the letter to the ed­i­tor was pub­lished and fol­low­ing an ex­change of emails with the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fisheries, they ad­mit­ted that the in­for­ma­tion con­tained in their pre­sen­ta­tion was “in­com­plete” and they re­gret­ted that I ar­rived at an in­cor­rect con­clu­sion based on their in­for­ma­tion.

In­deed, az­in­phos methyl has been banned on P.E.I. since 2002 and Canada wide since 2005. So I would like to apol­o­gize to all Is­lan­ders for post­ing in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion in my letter to the ed­i­tor.

John E. Clow,

Sum­mer­side

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