• United Steelworkers of America v. Administrator, Pesticide Control Act

    Decision Date:
    File Numbers:
    Decision Numbers:
    89/11 PES
    Third Party:
    Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Permit Holder


    Decision Date: October 12, 1989

    Panel: J.O. Moore

    The appellant appealed a pesticide use permit issued to the respondent to apply pesticides on road shoulders in the Rossland Highways District. The appellant maintained that there was not enough known about the pesticides in question atrazine and simazine and it should not be done until more data was assembled. The appellant further alleged that the pesticide testing procedures of the federal government were seriously deficient and permits should not be issued until the manufacturer of the pesticide has proven there will be no adverse effects on man and the environment.

    The Board held that the permit authorizes the use of pesticides properly registered in Canada. It found the permit provided for adequate pesticide-free zones to ensure there will be no threat to water sources. The Board further found that the appellants had failed to provide evidence of any adverse effect from the pesticide application provided the application is done as the permit prescribes.