Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Environment featured

News brief: Pesticide spraying comes to the city

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The controversial practice of the spraying of pesticides containing glyphosate or other chemicals has long been associated with wood lots in rural Nova Scotia. Now it is coming to the city.

Photo Wilderness Environmental Services

On August 1 the Nova Scotia Department of Environment approved an application to apply pesticides by Wilderness Environmental Services, a company specializing in vegetation management with offices in New York and Toronto.

Other approvals granted by the department have pertained to the spraying of glyphosate. It appears the spraying will occur along the railway corridor between Truro and Halifax, including urban areas in Truro, along the Bedford Highway and downtown Dartmouth.

Rural communities such as Windsor Junction, Hilden, Brookfield, Enfield and Stewiacke will also be affected.

If you live near one of the spraying sites, and wish to file an appeal, here is the link: http://novascotia.ca/nse/dept/docs/Notice-of-Appeal-Form.pdf.

See also: Op-ed: Glyphosate spraying not worth the risks

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3 Comments

  1. Blake, yes it is specifically a herbicide. It is indeed a harmful product, especially given higher levels of exposure. This should not be used in urban areas.

    Why doesn’t the rail companies or government provide some jobs for people to do the vegetation control instead?

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