2008-11-14

Victoria was long blind to arsenic's risks

Thursday's line story from Sun reporters Larry Pynn and Darah Hansen about the provincial government urging loggers and the public to avoid forests treated with a potentially cancer-causing pesticide was not surprising.

What is surprising is that, despite voluminous scientific literature, Victoria took seven years to figure out that arsenic might be sufficiently hazardous that the public deserves to told to avoid it.

I wrote in 2001 that the proposed treatment of forests with an arsenic-based pesticide was already raising serious concerns among some medical professionals and toxicologists.