Maryland's Montgomery County Council is expected to vote on Healthy Lawn Care Bill 52-14 in September. Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) is one of the more than 40 nonprofits, Montgomery County businesses and volunteers that partnered with Safe Grow Montgomery to advocate for this bill.
Bill 52-14 restricts the use of pesticides that are carcinogenic, or suspected of being carcinogenic, or that are endocrine disrupters, on private and public lawns in the county.
Exposure to lawn care toxins is especially dangerous to pregnant women, babies and children. Chesapeake PSR submitted testimony in support of this bill.
Montgomery County would be the first county in the United States to ban the use of these toxins on lawns. Five out of nine councilmembers co-sponsored Bill 52-14.