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WASHINGTON, D.C. — RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) joined six local businesses and seven residents of Montgomery County, Maryland, in filing a lawsuit that challenges the passage of the county’s lawn care product ban.
The complaint, filed in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Md., is asking the court to declare that the law banning almost all lawn care products for private property is illegal as preempted by state law.
The suit arises from the October 2015 adoption of Bill 52-14 which prohibits the use of widely available lawn and garden products on private and county property by residents and professionals. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2018, for private property, improperly banning the use of hundreds of state-licensed lawn care products on private property throughout the county.
When Bill 52-14 was being debated by the County Council, the Maryland Attorney General’s office, County Executive and members of the Council opined the law’s private property provisions were likely preempted by state law.
“Our nearly two-year challenge to the passage of Bill 52-14 continues with today’s court filing. Along with impacted county businesses and residents, we know this law is preempted by state law and are seeking confirmation from the court,” said Aaron Hobbs, RISE president.
“Virtually everyone in the county will be affected by the private property lawn care ban with residents prohibited from treating their own properties with state-registered pesticides available from retailers, professionals left with virtually no pest solutions to treat residential and commercial lawns and turf, and retailers confused by a county law that unnecessarily differs from state law,” added Hobbs.
Maryland law comprehensively and uniformly regulates the registration, sale, and use of pesticides across the state. Uses of the pesticides that the ban would prohibit were already reviewed, licensed and approved by state regulators.
(Pictured: Attendees at the Montgomery County, Maryland, council meetings where Bill 52-14 was debated. The bill was adopted in October 2015 to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018, banning pesticide use on private property. RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) along with residents and local businesses filed a lawsuit challenging the passage of the county’s lawn care ban because pesticide use on private property is preempted by Maryland state law.)
A WHO advisory panel said that while the spread of Zika remains of great importance, it should now be classified with other mosquito-borne maladies such as malaria or yellow fever, The New York Times reported.
“We are not downgrading the importance of Zika,” Dr. Peter Salama, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program, told the newspaper. “We are sending the message that Zika is here to stay and the WHO response is here to stay.”
Not everyone agreed with the agency’s decision, however.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is a renowned virologist and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He believes it’s too early to lift the state of emergency, since Zika is a seasonal disease.
“Are we going to see a resurgence in Brazil, Colombia and elsewhere? If they pull back on the emergency, they’d better be able to reinstate it,” he told the Times. “Why not wait a couple of months to see what happens?”
PCT announces the call for entries for our 15th annual Best Pest Photo Contest. The contest is your chance to be recognized alongside your peers for having taken one of the best photographs in the pest control industry. The winning photographer will receive $500. In addition to the photo, please provide:
*Identification of the pest.
*Location of where the photo was taken.
*Anything else unique about the photo or circumstance under which it was taken.
Send this year’s entry* via email to email@example.com or mail to: PCT Online, c/o Brad Harbison, 5811 Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125. Deadline is Dec. 6. *Important note: There is a limit of one photo per entrant.
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Senske Services is once again partnering with 2nd Harvest for its 14th Annual Charity Holiday Light Show and Open House. The Open House events will be held Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Dec. 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The annual light show held at Senske headquarters, located at 400 N. Quay, Kennewick, consists of more than 500,000 holiday lights in an animated display. The show will runs throughout the month of December, which means that people who cannot attend the Open House can still drive by, park, watch and listen to the show.
During the Open House food and cash donations will be accepted to benefit 2nd Harvest. Santa will be available for holiday photos with every donation received. Additionally, Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between the Buns will be on hand to provide refreshments with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest. Senske neighbor O'Brien Construction will be graciously donating the use of its gravel lots for families to park and enjoy the show and Stripe Rite, a full-service pavement marking company, has once again generously donating large reader boards to assist with traffic control.
Last year this event raised enough cash and food to provide 3,500 meals.