Court rules in favor of pesticide ban in Montgomery County

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An appeal in favor of a pesticide ban in Montgomery County has been upheld by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

The court sided with the county, reversing a lower court’s ruling that invalidated the 2015 law that aimed to ban certain pesticides for lawn use for fear of cancer risks.

According to a press release, a group of homeowners and landscaping companies fought against that county ban, claiming the pesticides had been approved by the federal government.  The chairman of the council’s transportation and environment committee calls this ruling a big win for the environment and public health.

“It really comes down to – would you rather have a few weeds or would you rather have cancer-causing pesticides on your lawn. Most of the county through this whole process said they would rather have healthy lawns and use those alternatives,” said Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Councilmember.

The ban exempts agricultural areas and golf courses.

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