Applications for a permit to conduct pesticide treatments are made to the Nova Scotia Dept. of Environment. Under the regulations NSDOE regulates the sale, application, storage & disposal of pesticides.
Applicators must be licensed and are required to use GPS location and tracking systems as well as sophisticated nozzle and boom application systems. Staff review GPS data daily to ensure equipment is working properly.
Notifications must be made via media 20 days prior to treatment
Sites are posted 30 days prior to treatment
Dwellings, businesses etc. with 500 meters of the site are visited and left an information package including contact information.
Operational restrictions include wind speeds max 10 km for air and 15 km for ground, air temperature, possibility of rain, controlled start and stop times, on site security.
Glyphosate is widely used in agriculture, with MRLs established for residues of glyphosate in a wide array of foods. Thus, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that there is no concern to human health associated with eating berries inadvertently sprayed with glyphosate during forestry applications.
Studies have shown wildlife are quite resilient to glyphosate
Both laboratory and in-forest studies show that glyphosate does not accumulate in muscle tissues of animals, but is rapidly excreted in urine and feces.