TAG: pesticide ban

Issue Brief: Maryland victory

September 20, 2017By

Recently, the industry had a major victory in the fight to allow professionals to manage landscapes according to best practices and federal and state regulations and not at the whim of local cities, townships or counties. Two years ago the industry was rocked by a ban in Montgomery County, Md., that forbid the use of commercial pesticide applications by lawn... read more

Montgomery County, Md., pesticide ban struck down

August 3, 2017By

The Montgomery County, Md., Circuit Court struck down the county’s ban on lawn and garden pesticide use on private property, deeming it unlawful and preempted by Maryland law. Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) said it is pleased with the court’s decision. “We are gratified that the court agreed that the county’s ban on the use of State- and... read more

RISE, companies sue Montgomery County over pesticide ban

November 22, 2016By

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), along with six local businesses and seven residents of Montgomery County, Md., filed a lawsuit on Nov. 21 that challenges the passage of the county’s pesticide ban. “Our nearly two-year challenge to the passage of Bill 52-14 continues with today’s court filing,” said Aaron Hobbs, RISE president. “Along with impacted county businesses and... read more

Debate heats up over Montgomery County pesticide ban

March 9, 2015By

A proposed pesticide ban in Montgomery County (Md.) continues to make headlines as proponents and oppositionists of the bill speak out, the Washington Post reports. The proposed ban, spearheaded by Council President George Leventhal, prohibits the use of “nonessential” pesticides on turf, with the exceptions of use on agriculture land, gardens and golf courses. Among local landscape professionals opining on... read more

Maryland LCOs, officials stew on county pesticide ban

January 19, 2015By

Nearly 300 people gathered at the Montgomery County (Md.) Council chamber for a public hearing on a proposed ban of nonessential pesticides, according to The Gazette. Introduced by Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal, the bill bans the use of nonessential pesticides from lawns and certain public green spaces. “Reactions to the proposal among the first 40 speakers were strong and... read more

Maryland county faces proposed pesticide ban

October 30, 2014By

George Leventhal, county council VP of Montgomery County, Md., introduced a bill to restrict pesticides used on lawns in the county, according to Bethesda Magazine.  The ban targets pesticides linked to possible health concerns. It requires the county to assemble a pest management plan to assess the damage caused by pests to determine the necessity of using pesticides on them. “There are... read more