The Environmental Appeal Board in British Columbia has, among other duties, responsibility for hearing appeals against the issuance of permits under the Pesticide Control Act for pesticide use on publicly owned land. The Ombudsman's Office has received many complaints from interested members of the public concerning the lack of opportunity to participate effectively in the decision-making process for determining the safe use of such substances by the major regulated users of pesticides. This systems study makes recommendations for the timely and meaningful participation by all interested parties in such decisions. The process has involved consultation with the Ministers and government officials responsible for the Environmental Appeal Board, Pesticide Control Program and the Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries, Forests and Lands, Health, and Environment and Parks. The recommendations address the issues of timely public notice and consultation, public access to accurate information, comprehensive analysis of alternative measures, and procedural fairness in the appeal process.
Ombudsman of British Columbia. 1988. Pesticide Regulation in British Columbia. Ombudsman of British Columbia
Keywords: pesticides, pesticide control, public involvement, legislation, appeal process, permits, Public Report No. 11
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