Dow subsidiary challenges Quebec ban on 2,4 D
October 29, 2008 By The Canadian Press
October 23, 2008, Calgary, Alta. –
A Quebec ban on the weed-killer 2,4-D is being challenged under the
North American Free Trade Agreement by the company that makes the
commonly used herbicide.
October 23, 2008, Calgary, Alta. – A Quebec ban on the weed-killer 2,4-D is being challenged under the North American Free Trade Agreement by the company that makes the commonly used herbicide.
A Canadian unit of Dow Chemical alleges the province began its campaign against the pesticide in 2002 without any scientific basis for a ban and in violation of the trade agreement.
The company notes that Health Canada ruled this year that 2,4-D can be used safely according to label directions.
Dow AgroSciences argues that Quebec’s ban opens the door to making public policy without scientific criteria.
It is challenging the province under Chapter 11 of the free trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.
“This challenge is aimed at ensuring that important public policy decisions are based on scientific evidence, predictability and a clear set of principles, and are managed within a transparent framework,” said Jim Wispinski, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences.
“The actions of the Government of Quebec are tantamount to a blanket ban based on non-scientific criteria, and we are of the view that this is in breach to certain provisions of NAFTA. We don’t welcome this step, but feel it is necessary given the circumstances.”
The use of pesticides has long been controversial because of fears of the potential impact on the environment and human health.
In June, Ontario passed legislation that will prohibit more than 80 ingredients and 300 pesticide products once the law is fully implemented next spring.
However, the Ontario law passed in June stopped short of banning 2,4-D, or 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, commonly used as a weed-killer by consumers and farmers.
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