MoCo Pesticide Ban May Be Vulnerable To Court Challenge, Says Attorney General’s Office | BethesdaNow

A controversial proposal to ban the use of “non-essential” pesticides on private lawns in Montgomery County may be prevented by state law, according to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Rowe wrote that a court could rule the part of the bill banning pesticide use for private property owners is preempted by state law already addressing pesticide use.

“While the matter is not completely clear, it is my view that the general ban on application of non-essential pesticides may well be preempted, but that other parts might not be,” Rowe wrote earlier this month in a response to an inquiry about state preemption from Montgomery Village Del. Kirill Reznik. “It is my view that a court could conclude that this provision would interfere with the purposes of these State provisions, as well as the goal of achieving uniformity.”

Rowe wrote that other parts of the bill, introduced by Council President George Leventhal to much support and opposition earlier this year, wouldn’t run into preemption issues.

Leventhal’s bill also would exempt golf courses and farms from the pesticide ban, but not county property and playing fields. Montgomery Parks, which runs the county’s nearly 300 recreational playing fields, has urged Leventhal and other Council members to exempt its fields too.
Rowe said that requirement, as well as requirements that would require signage if pesticides were being applied, shouldn’t pose any legal issues.
The private property provision has been one of the most controversial parts of the bill.

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Maureen Kerr | It is Embarassing | Lieutenant Governor | Handing Out Awards for Being Wrong | How Things Work in PEI | Pesticide Free PEI | Facebook

2012 Ontario College of Family Physicians Report on Pesticides used as more proof of harm.

Imagine what a person like this could do for society if they were working with real facts and real data.

I’m gonna say “expert at creative writing award” but what do I know as a Lay person.

Pesticide Free PEI

Another letter written today: Hi X and X,

NS, NFLD, ON, QB, MB all have provincial bans and the rest of the provinces allow municipal bans. So, most Canadians are protected from cosmetic pesticides. People say that the reason why we aren’t in PEI and NB is because of the Irvings and potato lobby. They don’t want any restrictions put on any pesticides because of how much they profit from them. The pesticides they are spraying on lawns are known carcinogens.
That’s the thing about lawn care companies who spray pesticides – the more they spray, the more money they make. They profit from spraying carcinogenic chemicals often times next to playgrounds, daycares, and kids’ bus stops. They bank on people not knowing how harmful the chemicals they spray are. They don’t care if someone is fighting cancer next door and has to close their windows and shut off the air exchange for two days.

I’m getting another award at the end of the month for my work on this, from the Cancer Society at the Lieutenant Governor’s house. I’m not bragging – I’m just saying that I, and others, are trying to get rid of carcinogenic chemicals on an island where we have some of the highest rates of cancer in the country. Others have been fighting this for decades. I spoke to a lawyer from Ecosjustice at length about this yesterday. They fought this (and won) in the courts 20 years ago so they think PEI is archaic, backwards and sick, frankly, given our high cancer rates.

Over 2000 people on our Facebook page are for a ban. Sorry, I don’t have any other numbers than that right now. Stratford did a survey last year but it wasn’t very good. Their questions were flawed. A simple yes or no survey has yet to be offered. Pesticide companies and Croplife, the industry association for pesticides, are lobbying all levels of government HARD and are presenting to town councils on the 27th.

I live in Stratford so I’m copying Dr. Bill Whalen, who is the former chair of the PEI Division of the Cancer Society and a cancer researcher. He lives in Charlottetown and I’m sure would be happy to tell you about the harmful effects of pesticides, especially to children. I’m also copying Dr. Roger Gordon, former dean of science at UPEI who is presenting on the 27th. He has researched and studied the pesticides that are sprayed here, confirming they are carcinogenic.

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Pesticide Free PEI | Crying to Town Council | Toxic | Significant | Compelling Evidence

We strongly urge council to do the following:

● Revoke the idea of an “engagement process.”
● Instead, channel your full efforts into the legal process of preparing a set of bylaws.
Place the file in the hands of a lawyer.
Until the bylaws are in place, advise the lawn care companies that Bylaws will be
brought in. It is only a matter of time.

Advise the lawn care companies that they are not welcome with the Town until the
Bylaws are brought in,
unless they use environmentally and healthy products such as
those being used in Nova Scotia. If it can be done, a moratorium would be the best
course to follow until the bylaws can be brought into effect.
● As residents of the Town, we are extremely disappointed in the course charted by
Council and sincerely hope that Council will do the right thing and take the advice of
the legendary Walt Disney: “Things get done when people stop talking and start
doing.”

Roger Gordon and Maureen Kerr

Maureen Kerr noted that she got involved because she had some friends who have children
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Organic Meadow Ltd., Organic Meadow Inc. and Organic Meadow Co-Operative Inc. – Corporate Engagement Details MNP LTD

Organic Meadow Ltd., Organic Meadow Inc. and Organic Meadow Co-Operative Inc.

On April  2, 2015 Organic Meadow Ltd. (“OML”), Organic Meadow Inc. (“OMI”) and Organic Meadow Co-Operative Inc. (“OMCI”) each filed a notice of Intention to Make a Proposal (“NOI”), pursuant to Section 50.4 (1) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and MNP Ltd. was appointed as trustee (the “Trustee”) under the proposal.

Proposals

Certificate of a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal of Organic Meadow Ltd.

Certificate of a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal of Organic Meadow Inc.

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Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing | Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.

The focus is on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Testing has increased in the last two years, but scientists say requests spiked after a World Health Organization research unit said last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

“The requests keep coming in,” said Ben Winkler, laboratory manager at Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis. The commercial lab has received three to four requests a week to test foods and other substances for glyphosate residues. In prior years, it received only three to four requests annually, according to its records.

“Some people want to stay out in front of this. Nobody knows what it means yet, but a lot of people are testing,” said Winkler.

Microbe has handled recent requests for glyphosate residue testing from small food companies, an advocacy group testing baby formula and a group of doctors who want to test patients’ urine for glyphosate residues, said Winkler. The firms and doctors do not want their identities published.

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