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Canadian province to amend rules on cosmetic pesticides

The government of the Canadian province of British Columbia has proposed changes to rules governing the cosmetic use of pesticides. The revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) would require stricter controls on the sale and use of domestic class pesticides in landscaped areas and simplify requirements for pesticides considered to be safe.  Among the changes are an obligation to obtain a pesticide user licence for the application of pesticides in landscaped areas and the notification of residents. A list of pesticides considered safe to use by untrained people will be established and the list of pesticides excluded from IPMR requirements will be updated. Domestic use of the herbicide, glyphosate, will be allowed for specified applications, such as the control of poisonous weeds. The proposals, which are open to public comment until December 8th, are due to be introduced in two phases in 2014 and 2015.  A government committee rejected calls for a province-wide ban on cosmetic pesticide use last year (Agrow No 641, p 14).

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