CHARLOTTETOWN - A P.E.I. Department of Agriculture spokesperson is saying that the trial testing of the fumigant chloropicrin is in fields far from residences is too weak of a response from government on such a serious issue, says New Democratic Party Leader Mike Redmond.
Island NDP leader Mike Redmond.
“That is just not good enough,” Redmond said. “Where is the Minister of the Environment on this one? Another threat to the water supply and no responsible action from the government.”
Alberton Mayor Michael Murphy expressed concern about the common sense of putting a fumigant into the ground to see if it will go into the water table.
“Of course the mayor is absolutely right here,” Redmond said. “Why is the public not consulted on such a serious action?”
He said the Department of the Environment is permitting Environment Canada to test chloropicrin on strawberry plants.
“Why are we even going in this direction?” Redmond asked. “We should be building up organic matter in our soils not replacing it with chemicals. The provincial government has got to start answering questions on this one. Having a public servant say the tests are far from residences is not good enough.”