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Large Turnout to Discuss MontCo’s Pesticide Legislation

The proposal to limit the use of non-essential pesticides on lawns, certain athletic playing fields, and county-owned public grass areas continues to be a hot topic as about 350 people showed up for a public hearing on the legislation before the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee Thursday night.Lawn Mowing 450x280

According to Montgomery County Council spokesman, Neil Greenberger, the crowd was “pretty divided” between those who supported and opposed the proposal.

About 40 people testified at the first public hearing in January.

Bill 52-14 would prohibit the use of certain pesticides on privately owned lawns, certain athletic playing fields and certain County-owned grass areas. The bill also would require the County to adopt an integrated pest management program for certain County-owned property. The bill contains exemptions for agriculture, control of noxious weeds and invasive species, maintenance of golf courses, the protection of human health and the prevention of significant economic damage.

The council’s committee worksession on the bill is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 16.

Gaithersburg Voter on Election 2015 (VIDEO)

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Linda Stein has lived in Gaithersburg for 18 years. In this MyMCMedia Extra, Stein says that pesticides on residential lawns is one issue that matters to her this election. Gaithersburg polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight, you can visit the election site for more information.

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Leggett Does Not Sign Pesticide Bill (VIDEO)

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In an Oct. 19th memo addressed to County Council President George Leventhal, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said he is not signing Bill 52-14, also known as the pesticide bill. “I am concerned about the opinions of an Assistant Attorney General regarding whether a ban on the use of certain pesticides in the County would […]

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Montgomery County Council Passes Pesticide Bill

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The Montgomery County Council passed Bill 52-14 by a 6 to 3 vote on Tuesday. The legislation, commonly known as the pesticide bill, bans the use of EPA-registered pesticides in lawn care for most uses in the county including public and private playgrounds, mulched recreation areas, child care centers, and county property. Advocates and opponents of […]

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Five Things to Know Today, Oct. 6, in Montgomery County

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Here are your five things to know today, Oct. 6, in Montgomery County: 1. Montgomery County Councilmembers are expected to vote on a pesticide bill today- a proposed legislation that would ban certain pesticides from being applied to lawns and county-owned properties. The chief sponsor of this bill is Council President George Leventhal. Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Nancy […]

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Safe Grow Montgomery Supports Bill 15-42 (VIDEO)

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UPDATED In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Jennifer Quinn, a volunteer with Safe Grow Montgomery, explains Bill 15-42 and why her organization supports this legislation.   The County Council is scheduled to vote on Bill 15-42 on Oct. 6. Related:

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Pesticide Bill Vote Set for Oct. 6 (VIDEO)

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In this MyMCMedia Extra, Jennifer Quinn, a volunteer with Safe Grow Montgomery, explains who she thinks is opposed to Bill 52-14, the pesticide bill, and she says Montgomery County Councilmembers have heard from supporters more than opponents. Take a look: The Council has scheduled an Oct. 6 vote on the bill. Related:

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Safe Grow Montgomery Volunteer Explains Pesticide Bill (VIDEO)

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In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Gaithersburg resident Jennifer Quinn, a volunteer with Safe Grow Montgomery, explains why she believes Bill 52-14 is so important. You can find more information about this bill on Montgomery County’s website, here. The County Council is scheduled to vote on the bill at its Oct. 6th meeting. Related:

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County Council Expected to Enact Pesticide Bill (VIDEO)

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A bill before Montgomery County Council that would restrict pesticide use on private lawns and some private property is scheduled for a vote in the coming weeks. Susan Kenedy reports: Visit our PEG partner County Cable Montgomery to view more of its local programming.

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Council President George Leventhal News Briefing (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal met with reporters on June 15th to discuss a variety of topics including the pesticide bill, earned sick and safe leave bill, public financing of elections, privatization of the Department of Economic Development and his reaction to news that the Gazette newspaper is closing. You can watch the briefing […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General Refuses to Weigh in on Berliner Pesticide Measures


The Maryland Office of the Attorney General refused to give County Councilmember Roger Berliner advice on his provisions for reducing the use of pesticides in Montgomery County. In a letter dated May 28, Berliner asked Attorney General Brian Frosh to weigh in on whether four measures being proposed by Berliner would be preempted by state law. […]

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3 Responses to “Large Turnout to Discuss MontCo’s Pesticide Legislation”

  1. On February 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm responded with... #


    BEWARE ! You CANNOT have a beautiful, lush, weed-free, and green lawn without the use of conventional pest control products. THERE IS GOOD NEW ! These conventional products DO NOT threaten children and pets. With anti-pesticide prohibition, Montgomery County will become inflicted with dangerous pest-infested garbage dump green spaces. In all jurisdictions where prohibition has been arbitrarily imposed, so-called pesticide-free parks and green spaces have ended in dismal failure. Consequently, municipal officials have scrambled to find a way to rescind their self-imposed and arbitrary prohibition. Montgomery County will soon face the dilemma of unsafe playing surfaces for children that may lead to injuries and liabilities issues. With pesticide-free parks and green spaces, children are actually at high risk of slipping and tripping and becoming seriously hurt. Conversely, pesticides are scientifically-safe, cause no harm, are no threat to children, and represent no liability for Montgomery County. Furthermore, it will be impossible for home-owners or professionals of Montgomery County to keep their properties beautiful by using so-called green alternative pesticides and practices. Throughout North America, anti-pesticide prohibitions have clearly demonstrated that green alternative pesticides and practices are dismal failures. Montgomery County’s municipal officials will soon be thinking twice about prohibition, and will regret not having looked at the experience of those jurisdictions that have suffered the hardship and stunningly exorbitant costs of this #@!!% nonsense !×1 Furthermore, Montgomery County’s municipal officials will eventually join the real trends against prohibition. There are already dozens of jurisdictions that have stopped or rescinded or limited prohibition, or have granted professional lawn care businesses with an exception status. The trends against anti-pesticide prohibition continue again and again. These trends come with the realization that the extensive toxicology database of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada clearly prove that pest control products are scientifically safe and will cause no harm ! NO ONE WANTS THIS #@!!% DANGEROUS BAN NONSENSE THAT PLACES CHILDREN AT RISK ! Pest control products are SCIENTIFICALLY-SAFE, and WILL NOT CAUSE HARM TO CHILDREN, ADULTS, ANIMALS, OR THE ENVIRONMENT. We are the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that conspire to destroy the Green space and other industries ( NORAH G ). As a non-profit and independent organization, we are dedicated to reporting PESTICIDE FREE FAILURES, as well as the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS. Get the latest details at WILLIAM H GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G

  2. On February 16, 2015 at 11:06 am responded with... #

    Bill 52-14 marks an important step forward for Montgomery County and its residents to both address public health concerns surrounding pesticide and fertilizer application and the future health of the Chesapeake Bay. In reality the health and ecological byproducts of many of the chemicals used by both home owners and perhaps more so by lawn maintenance firms have not been vigorously studied. Indeed, homeowners can walk into a big box store, purchase an assortment of chemicals without any certificate demonstrating that they have knowledge regarding the timing and means of application, rates of application or proper safety precautions required.

    Ironically, farmers in the state of Maryland must maintain Nutrient Management Plans which require them to take soil samples, report crop plans and fertilizer/ nutrient application rates. These plans must be completed by all farmers in order to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The state in turn either approves or prescribes a different course of nutrient application. No doubt, farmers are going to tend to be more knowledgable about chemical application in the fields than homeowners or landscape firms and yet they must abide by a stricter level of government compliance.

    Home owners are the source of much unneeded nutrient runoff in part because of the ease at which chemicals can be purchased and the relative few restrictions placed on landscape companies.

    Yards can be maintained with the use of fewer chemicals by incorporating a few changes to maintenance practices including aeration, regular seeding, liming and organic matter (such as locally made Leaf Gro) application at the correct times.

    As the owner of an organic farm in Montgomery County, The Farm at Our House, I know that the timing of planting and input application are critical to plant success. I also know that land management practices centered around long term health of the soil are the key to success.

    This bill will encourage residents and lawn care firms in the county to research how to avoid the use of non-essential and often toxic chemicals and at the same time encourage better soil management. While, the initial cost of lawn care may go up the lives saved and the nature preserved as a result of a very common sense approach towards encouraging better land stewardship is invaluable.

    Please support this bill that will continue to make Montgomery County, Maryland a leader in the country in its approach to ecological sound land management.

    The articles below are a sample of the link between widely applied pesticides and fertilizers and the unforeseen health and ecological impacts they caused.


    Marc Grossman
    The Farm at Our House

  3. On March 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm responded with... #

    I am against bill 52-14 unless all golf courses in Mountgomery County are included as they are the most heavily users of pesticides. BarbarabBloomfield

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