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No-spray and pesticide guidelines
Wednesday 16 November 2011
From Peter Evans, Convenor of the South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (via email):
No Spray and Pesticide Guidelines
In 2005 the South Australian Government's Inquiry into Multiple Chemical Sensitivity found that the herbicides used widely by local governments to control weeds are "causing and triggering the symptoms associated with MCS". The Inquiry recommended that No-Spray Registers be adopted by councils to help identify residents with MCS and chemical sensitivities generally.
After many years of negotiations, the Local Government Association of South Australia has finally approved two sets of guidelines for local councils on No-Spray Registers and reducing human exposure to pesticides. The No-Spray Register guidelines recommend prior notification of herbicide applications and a no-spray buffer zone for residents who are sensitive to herbicides. The guidelines on reducing human exposure to pesticides recommend physical methods of weed control such as brush-cutters and mowers.
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