The MOE has released draft regulations under Ontario’s Pesticides Act, which would replace the existing O. Reg. 914 in order to implement a province-wide ban on the use and sale of pesticides for cosmetic purposes, which are defined as non-essential purposes. The draft regulations list certain classes of pesticides that would be banned for cosmetic use, certain pesticide products that would be banned for sale and certain pesticide products (typically those with both cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses) that would be restricted for sale. The regulations also contain exemptions that would allow certain uses of banned pesticides, including for agriculture, forestry, golf courses and the promotion of public health or safety. The MOE is accepting comments on the proposed regulation until December 22, 2008.
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