Debate over pesticide ban

Montgomery County's council president has proposed a bill to ban cosmetic lawn pesticides.

September 11, 2015

Montgomery County’s debate over where and how to ban cosmetic lawn pesticides heats up again next week as Council President George Leventhal (D-At Large) defends his far-reaching bill against a more narrowly drawn alternative.

Leventhal’s bill, scheduled for a committee mark-up on Sept. 17, bars what he calls “non-essential” pesticides from private lawns and most county-owned land, including parks and athletic fields. He cites the body of research linking pesticide exposure to childhood cancer and other health issues.
The measure, which would exempt agricultural acreage and golf courses, has drawn the wrath of homeowner associations, soccer leagues and the lawn care industry. It is supported by a coalition of environmental activists, public health experts and concerned parents.
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