In 2011, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador implemented a pesticide prohibition on the use and sale of certain ingredients in pest control products in, on, or over lawns. The ban took effect in the 2012 lawn care season in order to allow adequate time for vendors, homeowners and lawn care companies to prepare. The active ingredients banned are listed in section 14 of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Pesticides Control Regulations: carbaryl, 2,4-D, mecoprop, dicamba, and 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA). The Regulations provide the exceptions that have been commonly seen in the other cosmetic pesticide regimes. These include golf courses, forestry activities, agricultural activities, sports turfs, and other highly maintained turfs (NL R 26/12, ss 14(3)). There are no further conditions described for these exemptions. There are also no specific mentions of public health nor are there any public health or safety exceptions.
The Minister of Environment and Conservation, the Hon. Ross Wiseman also said at the time “In an effort to ensure compliance with the ban, the Provincial Government will increase inspections of pesticide storage and treatment areas to ensure companies are using products that have been approved for use in the province. “