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Maryland Limits Pesticide Use in State-Owned Pollinator Habitats

May 25, 2017, 5:33 PM

Three Maryland agencies required to prepare pollinator habitat plans for state lands will be limited in their use of certain pesticides under legislation Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed May 25.

The restrictions are prompted by concerns that neonicotinoid pesticides contribute to the mortality of bees, birds, and butterflies, putting at risk that sector of the nation’s food supply that relies on them for pollination.

Signed H.B. 830 prohibits the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and seeds or plants treated with a neonicotinoid pesticide on state lands designated as pollinator habitat areas.

For pesticides labeled as toxic to bees or other...

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