Québec Adopts Strict Pesticide Regulations

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Spiffy, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. Spiffy

    Spiffy LawnSite Member
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    I found this an interesting item. I think this is probably going to happen in the U.S. eventually, and so am looking for alternatives to traditional methods...

    Spiffy


    Québec Adopts Strict Pesticide Regulations

    March 24, 2003

    On March 5, Québec's Environment Minister announced the province's adoption of a landmark Pesticide Management Code, which strictly regulates the storage, sales and use of pesticides in Québec. Among the pesticides banned for non-agricultural uses is the controversial herbicide, 2,4-D. When the Code was first proposed in July 2002, industry representatives warned that, if adopted, Québec would be sued under NAFTA's Chapter 11.

    "Through this regulation, Québec becomes the first place in North America to ban the most dangerous pesticides for health and the environment. The action undertaken today by the Québec government will reduce people's exposure to these products which are particularly noxious to children's health," declared the Minister.

    The Code states that, effective immediately, synthetic pesticides are prohibited in all daycare facilities and schools and the use of cosmetic pesticides is banned on all public land; by 2005, the ban will extend to all private green spaces, with fines ranging from CAN$500-$30,000. The ban covers 23 pesticide active ingredients that--according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or World Health Organization (WHO)--are known or possible carcinogens or endocrine disruptors, including lindane, malathion, MCPA, permethrin, benomyl, captan and 2,4-D

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  2. greensummer

    greensummer LawnSite Member
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    The legislation on this topic is on hold; for, we are in an election.

    As far as I know most of what is being proposed/implemented is not new.......but the problem is to ban pesticides province wide by '04.

    We will only be able to spray if severe infestation is apparent.

    Have you heard of a vinegar/ lemon juice weed control alternative for herbicide?;) If so your opinions are appreciated!:)
     
  3. Spiffy

    Spiffy LawnSite Member
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  4. greensummer

    greensummer LawnSite Member
    from canada
    Posts: 93

    Thanks Spiffy ;)
     

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