On 1/7/16, Maine Representative Jeffrey Timberlake (R) introduced a bill to promote the Stability in the Control of Pesticides. H. 1052 would require localities that attempt to independently regulate pesticide usage to establish a municipal reviewing authority similar to the state board and also be compliant with rules further promulgated by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
The ordinance was introduced in the municipal government of Harpswell, Maine. The ordinance included banning the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides. To date, Maine has been a hotbed of local government action on pesticides.
The ordinance would prohibit the sale or use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, other than pesticides classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as exempt materials under 40 CFR 152.25, and those products permitted by the Organic Materials Review Institute. The City Council has not yet held a vote on the ordinance.
The South Portland City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers in the city. The City Council has not yet held a vote on the ordinance.
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Ted has 24 years in the industry, all with Griggs & Browne Pest Control. He was Treasurer of the New England Pest Management Association and currently is the President-Elect New England Pest Management Association. Ted is the S.P.A.R. for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org