Pesticide Free Failure | Frequent Seeding and Mowing | Leventhal gets roughed up on radio defending ‘gentle’ ban on pesticides – The Washington Post

By Bill Turque March 10

Things got a little testy Tuesday on WMAL (AM 630) when Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal was asked about the bill he is sponsoring that would ban cosmetic pesticides from residential lawns and athletic fields.

Morning co-hosts Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor — who, like most at the station, trend libertarian/conservative — started the phone interview with O’Connor asking why Montgomery County should regulate pesticides already overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Maryland.

Leventhal — who makes no bones about his desire to make Montgomery County the safest, healthiest jurisdiction in the land — cited “abundant” research raising concerns about whether chemicals such as Glyphosate and 2-4D, which are active ingredients in many lawn-care products, could cause childhood cancers. He defended the measure as “a very gentle law,” with light penalties (a $50 fine for the first offense) and intended to educate homeowners and change their practices, rather than to punish.

“It’s a gentle law unless you deeply care about your lawn and watching it being decimated by grub worms,” Wilson said.

“Okay, you’ve obviously got a point of view on this question,” Leventhal countered.

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Pesticides and Artificial Turf Causing Cancer | Beyond Pesticide & Chip Osborne will save you | How about another look at artificial turf | Articles | News |

How about another look at artificial turf

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 11:37 AM

Peggy McGarth


The Park District of Oak Park will soon have 2-plus artificial turf fields, Ridgeland Common and plans are on the books for Stevenson Park (Lake Street at Humphrey).  It also shared the cost of a third field, at Irving School.  Oak Park High School has two artificial turf fields.  Concordia and Dominican University in River Forest are also using artificial fields.   And the River Forest Park District is in the preliminary stages of exploring artificial turf in their park that abuts Roosevelt Middle School.  Cost per field has been quoted at $800,000.

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Real Grass for Real Soccer | Turfgate: Full text of Senators’ letter to FIFA’s Sepp Blatter — Soccer Wire

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November 7, 2014 

Sepp Blatter

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