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Canadian greens sue government over pesticide reviews

Canadian environmentalist groups have filed a series of lawsuits against the Canadian government for refusing to conduct special reviews of pesticides banned in OECD countries or unduly delaying its responses to requests to conduct such reviews. The suits were filed by the law firm, Ecojustice, on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation and Equiterre. In October 2012, the groups called on the government to review 30 pesticide active ingredients under section 17 of the Pest Control Products Act. It stipulates that if another OECD member country bans a pesticide for health or environmental reasons, any person can require the Minister of Health to initiate a special review (Agrow No 651, p 12).

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