NDP

MLA Zann, community leaders bring glyphosate concerns to Minister of the Environment

August 24, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, met yesterday with Minister of Environment Margaret Miller to discuss concerns about an application from Northern Pulp to spray 1,300 hectares of woodlands with glyphosate.

Zann was joined by Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, and Stewiacke Mayor Wendy Robinson.

“Many people in our community are concerned about the impacts of spraying our woodlands with glyphosate and I think it is necessary that the Minister be aware of these concerns before any decision is made,” said Zann. “There is a clear need for more public input on this issue.”

In 2015, the World Health Organization released a report indicating that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.

“The jury is still out on the use of glyphosate and I think we should apply the precautionary principle in determining how and where it will be applied,” said Zann. “At the very least, there should be public consultations with the Minister in any community impacted by this spraying.”

This spring, the NDP introduced legislation that would establish an Environmental Bill of Rights in Nova Scotia. This legislation would ensure that local communities are consulted in situations such as this. Communities would also have access to all research the government has related to projects with environmental impacts.

“An Environmental Bill of Rights would give us a framework to determine what a community does and does not want in their backyard,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Proper care of our environment relies on meaningful consultation with the people who live in it.”

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