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Chesapeake Life Magazine
Pesticides pose a serious risk to our health, to the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways, and to homeland security - but Maryland lacks the information we need about some pesticide use and the sales of restricted use pesticides.
We need pesticide applicators as well as sellers of restricted use pesticides to report the information they are already required to maintain. That way, research scientists and environmental and public health experts will have data they can use to determine if and when pesticides are affecting our health, our waters, and homeland security.
The Pesticide Information Act creates a simple and cost-neutral, centralized online pesticide reporting database. Making basic pesticide reporting information available to environmental and public health officials and research scientists is good government. Once the experts have more information about when and where pesticides are used, we will be better able to protect our families and our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.
Certified applicators (including commercially licensed businesses and public agencies), farmers and dealers of restricted use pesticides (RUPs), are currently required to keep records on pesticide usage, or restricted use pesticides purchases and sales, at their place of business. This bill requires submission of this data via computer, Smartphone or hard copy to a centralized system under MDA that can be accessed by public health and environmental experts. The Pesticide Information Act creates an online centralized database, a cost-neutral program to the state, based on a reasonable increase in existing registration fees borne by the manufacturers (like Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Bayer) to cover system setup and maintenance costs. Out of 14 states surveyed, Maryland had the 2nd lowest registration fee ($100/product). Our registration fee is lower than neighboring Chesapeake Bay watershed states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Cost pass-through to applicators is highly unlikely based on a survey of product costs and registration fees in other states.
The bill addresses the needs of:
For more information, please contact:
Ruth Berlin, 410-849-3909, ext 1 /
Newly Released Poll Results Are Below:
MD Pesticides Poll Summary.pdf
Pesticides and Maryland New Polling Data.pdf