LCOs challenge pesticide ban

Attorneys representing those opposed of the Montgomery county ban asked a judge to invalidate the law on Wednesday.

May 18, 2017
Chemical Lawn Care

Attorneys for a group of lawn care companies and homeowners asked a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge Wednesday to invalidate a county law barring the use of certain pesticides from private lawns, arguing that the products are well regulated by state and federal agencies.

The law, passed by a divided County Council in 2015, made Montgomery, Maryland, the first major locality to bar nonessential cosmetic pesticides. It is scheduled to take effect at the beginning of next year.

The measure targets pesticides containing chemicals that may cause cancer and allows only compounds that are organically based or deemed to be of minimal risk under the 1996 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. It exempts agricultural land, gardens and golf courses.

Lawn & Landscape reported on the ban in our October issue.

Read the rest of the article from the Washington Post here.