**** ENVIRONMENT Media Release
Pesticide Spraying Approved
The Environment Department has issued three new approvals for pesticide spraying covering 1,498 hectares.
The approvals are all for forestry companies, for aerial spraying. The approvals are available at http://novascotia.ca/nse/pesticide-spray/ .
There are also three previously issued multi-year approvals that allow spraying this year.
Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency determines whether a product is safe for use. The province only approves pesticide spraying using chemicals that have been approved by this federal agency.
— approvals contain specific terms and conditions that must be met, such as maintaining separation distances and notifying the public about spraying times
— spraying is done for forestry management and safety along transportation routes
— all provinces allow pesticide spraying
— there is no aerial spraying taking place on Crown land in 2020