Sunday, June 28, 2009


N S Power is spraying herbicides on the trees along the routes of their power poles and lines. This is happening in Lunenburg County, in Halifax County and in other counties as well – possibly all over the Province.

The herbicide they are using is Tordon 101. This is a combination of 2, 4-D and Picloram. Both of these herbicides are toxic and can have dire consequences to mammals, birds and fish that come into contact with it. It also contaminates ground water.

2,4-D a chlorophenoxy herbicide, (one of the ingredients of the defoliant Agent Orange), is a known carcinogen and endocrine disruptor, this was made clear over a decade ago by Dr. Theo Colborn, author of Our Stolen Future.

"Despite industry efforts claiming the safety of this chemical, there is a large body of evidence indicating major health effects from cancer to immunosuppression, reproductive damage to neurotoxicity. The teratogenic, neurotoxic, immunosuppressive, cytotoxic and hepatoxic effects of 2,4-D have been well documented.

The report by the Ontario College of Physicians linked 2,4-D exposure during pregnancy and childhood to a two-fold increase in the incidence of leukemia
and in their study they also found links to sterility, respiratory problems, atrophy and non-hodgkins lymphoma.

Sweden, Norway and Denmark have de-registered the use of 2,4-D. The Province of Quebec enacted legislation banning the sale
and use of toxic lawn and garden chemicals, such as 2,4-D in 2006. More than 70 Canadian municipalities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax have pesticide/herbicide bylaws. The list is growing monthly.

Pesticide companies say that the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) of Health Canada has approved 2,4-D, and it is
safe when used as directed.

But 2,4-D manufacturers spend millions of dollars each year pressuring governments worldwide to re-register
2,4-D based on safety studies which they fund. W5, an investigative news program, exposed another pesticide industry strategy by reporting that PMRA receives 25% of its funding from pesticide manufacturers

When a government agency responsible for reviewing and certifying a product receives funding from the manufacturers of that product, all transparency and accountability is corrupted.

In 2003, the Auditor General of Canada stated: "...the PMRA is not adequately ensuring that many pesticides used in Canada meet current standards for protecting health and the quality of the environment".

The Auditor General of Canada concluded that “the lack of reliable information on pesticide use,
exposure, and impacts is a major hurdle that continues to interfere with the Agency’s ability to regulate pesticides..."

For more information on 2,4-D see the following link

N S Power does have an alternative – they can cut the trees and brush that encroach on the power lines. Safer for all involved, especially the workers doing the spraying or cutting...

If you are worried about the plants, animals, people, and especially the precious groundwater being poisoned, please call and express your concern.
(The person to contact at N.S. Power is Robert Young at (902) 456-1820.)

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