Public invited for input on pesticide and herbicide use in N.B.

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The standing committee on climate change and environmental stewardship has finalized key areas of focus and is inviting New Brunswickers to comment on the use of pesticides and herbicides, including glyphosate, in the province.

The committee is responsible for examining the province's progress towards the objectives outlines in New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan by calling upon specific departments, agencies and key stakeholders to provide updates.

Information will also be gathered on climate change, environmental stewardship and other related issues from stakeholders and subject-matter experts and prepare reports with recommendations to the legislative assembly.

A release says the committee is receiving its first round of updates from five government departments, as well as Service NB and NB Power.

The province says these hearings are open to the public and take place in the legislative assembly building in Fredericton.

Public hearings on pesticide and herbicide use, including glyphosate, are scheduled for March 24 to 27 at the legislative assembly and more may be added.

Glyphosate is an herbicide used for a wide variety of purposes in forestry and agriculture, and for weed control in industrial, commercial and domestic settings.

Individuals, organizations, subject-matter experts and stakeholders who wish to make a presentation to the committee on the use of pesticides and herbicides should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by phone at 506-453-2506 or by e-mail by Friday March 13.

Those unable to make a presentation and wish to submit a written brief on the subject should do so by Friday March 20.