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Maryland Passes Ban on Chlorpyrifos Pesticide, Sends to Governor

March 19, 2020, 4:54 PM

The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation to ban the powerful insecticide chlorpyrifos, sending the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

State house lawmakers passed S.B. 300 Wednesday evening during the final minutes of a 71-day session, which was shortened by three weeks over concerns about the new coronavirus pandemic.

Maryland is now on track to join California, New York, and Hawaii in banning the chemical, which has been linked to brain damage in children and pollution in waterways. The EU banned chlorpyrifos earlier this year.

Hogan hasn’t said publicly whether he’ll sign the bill. Once the bill is presented...

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