Sept. 19, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are reminded that the 90-day consultation period on the issue of landscape and lawn care pesticide use in the province ends Oct. 15. Environment Minister Roland Haché encourages citizens to take part in the process.
"I urge every New Brunswicker to be a participant in this public consultation exercise, and help determine the best approach for our province," Haché said. "It is very important for people to be informed about and involved in addressing the important issue of pesticide use in the province."
In July, the Department of Environment released a public consultation paper entitled Lawn Care and Landscape Pesticide Use: Options for New Brunswick, which outlines four options that could be taken to address the issue. The paper allows the public, stakeholders and industry to provide input on options now being considered by the government. Consideration will also be given to combinations of the four options, as well as to all other ideas and opinions.
The options are:
The public consultation paper may be obtained online, at any Department of Environment regional office, or by calling the department at 506-453-3700.
Comments may be provided either in writing or on the department website. All feedback will be compiled in a report that will be presented to government.
The Department of Environment will also engage in targeted stakeholders workshops at five locations in the province from mid-September to early October. The consultations will be managed by an independent facilitator, and will provide an opportunity for representatives from non-governmental organizations, industry, municipalities and other stakeholders to express their views.
The Department of Environment is responsible for the implementation of the Clean Environment Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Pesticides Control Act, and the Beverage Containers Act through early planning, pollution prevention initiatives and the administration of permits and approvals.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.