Watch: City fined for using federally-regulated herbicide not intended for use in residential neighbourhoods

The City of Edmonton will pay $165,000 to settle environmental charges after damaging trees and shrubs on residential properties in a southwest neighbourhood with industrial-grade herbicide.

The settlement is tied to a case launched by the province in 2018. It came two years after city staff “inadvertently used the herbicide Hyvar X-L” on May 11, 2016, while treating vegetation along pathways in the neighbourhood of Haddow, said Gord Cebryk, deputy city manager for city operations.

Cebryk said that the city no longer uses Hyvar X-L and has increased training programs for staff who apply pesticides or herbicides.

“This enhanced training is above and beyond the provincially and federally regulated requirements for staff that they already meet,” he said.