The national environmental group Sierra Club Canada has announced its support for pesticide-free buffer zones around key public areas on Prince Edward Island.
"This is a minimum standard for protection of public health," said Sierra Club P.E.I. volunteer and national board member Tony Reddin.
"The citizens' group Pesticide-Free P.E.I. has asked the Island government to create pesticide-free buffer zones of at least 25 metres around children's playgrounds, schools, preschools, bus stops, hospitals and senior citizens' homes. We strongly support this request; and those regulations should be written to clearly apply to all pesticides, not just cosmetic urban applications."
Given the recent fish kill in the watershed for the future Charlottetown water supply, reports of cosmetic pesticide applications next to playgrounds, and reports of pesticides in many provincial test wells, Sierra Club is calling on the P.E.I. government to put in place province-wide buffer zones immediately, said Reddin.
"The new school year will soon begin and some rural P.E.I. school properties have potato fields right next to them," said Reddin.
"There needs to be large pesticide-free buffer zones to protect our children from poisoning. Government should elease the test results for those school wells, and conduct and assess tests of air quality at those schools if and when pesticides are being sprayed nearby," he added.