New regulations proposed for pesticide use

The Province is proposing revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IMPR) to ensure cosmetic pesticides are being used safely.

  • Oct. 11, 2013 7:00 p.m.

The Province is proposing revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IMPR) to ensure cosmetic pesticides are being used safely and responsibly.

These revisions will require stricter control on the sale and use of pesticides in private landscaped areas, while at the same time simplify requirements for the sale and use of pesticides commonly considered safe.

The proposed changes include the following requirements:

• A licence is required in order to apply most pesticides in private landscaped areas.

• Licence holders are required to employ trained pesticide applicators and practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

• Residents are to be notified when pesticides are used on private landscaped areas.

• A list of pesticides considered safe for use by untrained people will be developed.

These pesticides may be sold and applied in a  private landscaped area without a licence.

These proposed revisions are detailed in a document at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/ipmr/index.htm

Here, interested British Columbians will have 60 days to fill out a response form, providing comments on specific aspects of this  regulation to government.