LSD reps. to ask Environment Minister to halt use of glyphosate on Chaleur region forests

Some municipal representatives on the Chaleur Regional Service Commission want the province's environment minister to halt spraying Chaleur region Crown forests with the herbicide glyphosate.

A forests in the Allardville area were reportedly sprayed earlier this week.

Allardville Local Service District president Eric Gauvin tells the Acadie-Nouvelle that the problem isn't with workers on the ground or in the air, but with government.

Gauvin says a letter will be sent to New Brunswick Environment Minister Serge Rousselle in the coming weeks.

Tremblay LSD president Donald Gauvin meanwhile, says the use of glyphosate raises concerns for the region's drinking water supply and wonders if there is an alternative substance that could be used instead.

The World Health Organization classified glyphosate as potentially carcinogenic back in 2015 but Health Canada ruled the herbicide posed no unacceptable risk to people or the environment if properly used.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)