2008-11-16

Location of arsenic laden trees revealed years after pesticide use curtailed

Years after the use of a toxic pine beetle pesticide was stopped, the B.C. government has posted no-go zones throughout the province to keep people from being exposed to potentially harmful levels of arsenic.

Questions are being asked by the province´s NDP forestry critic, Bob Simpson, about why it took so long to pinpoint these forest areas.

"Why is data about our public forests so corrupt that we´ve been waiting four years to put this quarantine on the land base," said Simpson.