Maine May Join New York, Connecticut With Statewide Pesticide Legislation
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine will announce its support at noon today for a new bill presented to the state legislature that would eliminate synthetic pesticides from school grounds statewide.
Following the lead of Connecticut (2005) and New York (2010), Rep. Mary Nelson of Falmouth, Maine, has submitted the Safe School Grounds Bill. Exact language of the bill will soon be released by the Revisor’s Office. The intent, as we understand it, is to ban products like weed ‘n feed, Roundup and certain insect controls from the grounds of schools and daycare centers except in the case of certified emergencies.
Nelson, who attended the Maine Pesticide Summit in November to evaluate support for such a bill, has reportedly formed alliances with other legislators. She knows she’ll encounter resistance also, however, especially from Maine’s new governor — who is openly campaigning for repeal of numerous environmental and health safeguards that he feels may be damaging to the state’s business interests.
Here is an article from the Portland, Maine, newspaper about Paul LePage’s recent proposals: http://www.pressherald.com/news/lepage-loosen-dozens-of-rules-on-environment_2011-01-25.html.
Today’s press conference will be held at the Welcome Center at the State House in Augusta at noon.