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RM opposes banning of cosmetic pesticides
Resolution passed in anticipation of provincial announcement
Some municipal officials are concerned a recently announced series of public consultations on the use of cosmetic pesticides could lead to an outright ban on the chemicals.
Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced June 21 the province is seeking public feedback on the sale and use of cosmetic lawn and turf pesticides.
"We know other jurisdictions have restricted the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides in areas where people may be exposed to them including residential, institutional and recreational settings," Mackintosh said in a statement.
"We want to hear from Manitobans on this important issue."
Municipal officials in the RM of Macdonald anticipate the province to legislate an outright ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides.
On June 12 they passed a resolution opposing any ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides.
"This is council’s attempt to express concerns about how a ban might impact our ability to do weed control on our municipal properties and our residents and farmers ability to do the same," said chief administrative officer Tom Raine.
Raine noted council is not opposed to regulating the use of chemicals. However, councillors want to know to what impact it will have on the municipality.
Mackintosh said the province has created a paper entitled Play it SAFE that outlines the background information, explores options and raises awareness about the future use of cosmetic pesticides in Manitoba including insect, fungi and weed control chemicals. The consultation process will not include pesticides used in agriculture and forestry sectors, on golf courses and on sod farms.
The government is inviting public comments on the issue. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Environmental Programs and Strategies Branch, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, 1007 Centrury St., Winnipeg, MB R3H 0W4 by Oct. 1.
To view the Play it Safe document, visit www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/envprograms/.
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