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Ban on pesticide is delayed – because of the controversial gap in the law

It looked like a quick end. In may, the Federal office for agriculture (BLW) had a sale and the discharge prohibition of Rimi 101 from 1. August 2019. The reason is that The insecticide contains Chlorpyrifos, and therefore is a problematic substance that has been introduced in the 1960s. For birds, insects and water animals, he is very toxic, and he is also associated with brain damage in children. Greenpeace and WWF are calling for a ban for years, spoke of a "long-overdue" step.

Now, however, retailer Rimi 101 to the end of June 2020 may sell more, farmers may not need it until then for fodder - and sugar beets, and Corn. This is evidenced available to the foag, the of 13. November 2019 is dated and this newspaper is. What happened?

The permit holder of Rimi 101, the company Sintagro from Langenthal BE, had submitted in July a complaint against the decision of the BLW. From the outright ban, she was "surprised" that the product has given 20 to 30 years never give rise to complaints. With the decision from 24. September spoke to the Federal administrative court, the appeal has suspensive effect. Thus was created the condition that Sintagro Rimi 101 is able to sell until the conclusion of the legal procedure, with a view to a possible Appeal before the Federal court, therefore, may be very long.

loophole closing

The environmental groups would have seen, therefore, forced a compromise, says Eva Wyss, agriculture expert at WWF Switzerland. And this looks like this: The environmental associations accept that there is a sell - out and any period of Grace, but have the assurance that this time-limit runs out for sure at the end of June 2020. "Today would be us, of course, dear," says Wyss. However, the outlined decision of the Federal administrative court, contrary to the.

At this point, the lawyer Cordelia points Bähr, who specializes in environmental law and in the present case, Greenpeace represents: "in Order to prevent such cases, it needs at the legislative level, a clear basis, which allows authorities, such Decide to withdraw effective suspensive effect."

comes To a similar conclusion, KPMG. The auditing and consulting firm, has investigated on behalf of various Federal agencies, including the BLW, the authorisation procedure for pesticides and serious defects are discovered, such as this newspaper last week reported. Among the ten recommendations, what makes KPMG, also take legal adjustments, among other things, a "significantly stronger anchoring of the possibility of" pesticides for new risk insights in the short term from the market.

Financial loss

The KPMG report, in the Parliament, the call for a Reform of the authorisation procedure once more, namely in the case of GLP, the SP and the Greens. The policy should adopt appropriate laws that would open up the agro-chemical industry financial losses. Individual holders of authorisations for pesticides would have to reimburse in the case of an immediate prohibition orders and remaining stock to burn. According to earlier media Sintagro would be the cost of reports, the destruction of the remaining stock of 82 tons of Rimi 101 a total of 400’000 francs.

What Sintagro says to the prospect and why they are in comparison with the foag and the environmental organisations has agreed to, is unclear. For an opinion, nobody was reachable.

Created: 26.11.2019, 11:13 PM

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