Taking next steps in pesticide ban
McGuinty Government Asks Ontarians To Comment On Ban Details
The province is asking Ontarians to comment on the specifics of its cosmetic pesticides ban.
In particular, the public is being asked to comment on:
- the proposed lists of pesticides (products and ingredients) banned for use and banned or restricted for sale,
- the rules for pesticide use on golf courses,
- the exceptions to the ban for public health or safety reasons.
A draft regulation containing the specifics is posted on the Environmental Registry at www.ebr.gov.on.ca (#010-5080), and can also be found on the ministry's website at www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/land/pesticides/index.php. Comments will be accepted until December 22, 2008. The government will consider all comments before finalizing the regulation, expected to occur in spring 2009.
- The Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, passed in June, amended the Pesticides Act, which sets out the rules for the transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides.
- Ontario's pesticide rules are among the toughest in North America.
“I encourage Ontarians to take the time to review and comment on this proposed regulation. It’s tough but workable, and it sends a strong signal to industry about the types of innovative low-risk products we want on Ontario’s store shelves.”