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B.C. unveils proposed changes to pesticide use

A new audit says the regulator tasked with monitoring pesticide use is allowing harmful chemicals to remain on the market for too long.
The changes come after a committee released its report on May 17, 2012 on cosmetic pesticides. The report concluded that the use of cosmetic pesticides should be tightened. However, the committee says there wasn't enough evidence to ban the sale of pesticides in B.C.government is facing a series of lawsuits over its refusal to review three pesticides banned in Europe, as well as its delays in deciding what to do about other chemicals that those countries consider too hazardous to use. Chris Hondros/Getty Images

The provincial government is taking steps to restrict the use of pesticides, but it’s stopping short of an outright ban.

Proposed revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) have been unveiled.

The changes will tighten up control of the sale and use of pesticides on private property.

A license will be required in order to apply most pesticides on private property. Pesticide applicators will be professionally trained.

Notification of residents will also be required when pesticides are applied on private landscaped areas.

You can still have your say on the proposed changes by going to this website.

The proposed changes come after a committee released its report on May 17, 2012 on cosmetic pesticides. The report concluded that the use of cosmetic pesticides should be tightened. However, the committee says there wasn’t enough evidence to ban the sale of pesticides in B.C.

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The province says municipalities and First Nations will be able to opt-out of the requirement for a licence to apply pesticides to private residential properties, unless they are multi-family.

The new pesticide regulations will be implemented in two stages between 2014 and 2015.