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.