Council chair raises questions on pesticide storage

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- The chairman of Tignish Community Council applauds the Tignish Volunteer Fire Department for applying the worst case scenario when responding to fire falls, but Allan McInnis said he wants to see regulations tightened up so that property owners who have pesticides stored on their premises have the chemicals clearly posted.
“We have to act on this,” McInnis stated.

Tignish Council chairman, Allan McInnis

McInnis raised the discussion during Monday’s monthly council meeting, indicating the recent discussions on whether the provincial government should allow a new agriculture fumigant to be tested in the area, has heightened interest in how chemicals are stored. He noted a key reason why part of the community is on a water system is farm chemicals that leaked from a storage building.

“It was just the same as a candy bar,” he said of those chemicals; “you just took it for granted.”

“We really don’t have any policy here, unless the fire district under the control of the fire marshal have any specifications,” McInnis said, adding that any farm in the area he’s visited don’t have chemicals identified.

He said he has already asked the Tignish fire chief to look into regulations.

“Now, we don’t take it for granted. Now, we want to know what’s in our area; we want to know what our fire department, or our water system or our watershed, are up against,” McInnis said.

“If we have no policy on this, then I think we should have a policy.”

Councilor Judy Morrissey-Richard, reading from material McInnis provided, noted that in some municipalities, the local fire departments require notification that a pesticide storage facility has been established.

McInnis advised there will be further discussion on the topic during the July meeting.

Geographic location: Tignish

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