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Lawn Fertilizer Bill Introduction Still Pending…

Friday, June 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG  – The bill restricting lawn fertilizer application rates and requiring certification of professional applicators is expected to be introduced by Senator Mike Brubaker (R – Lancaster) soon. The bill could appear this week, according to Stephanie Buchanan, legislative director for Brubaker.

Where the bill ends up after introduction is not clear. When a similar bill was introduced last session, it went to the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Elder Vogel (R – Beaver), where it died. This time, rumors have been circulating that it may be referred to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee chaired by Senator Gene Yaw (R – Bradford), where it may find a friendlier reception.  

PLNA members have met twice with Senator Brubaker in the last month to explore the opportunity for some compromise on the bill to avoid another regulatory burden on the green industry. The recent Expert Panel Report prepared by EPA concludes that healthy lawns result in a healthy Chesapeake Bay and that professional fertilizer applicators are following best practices in lawn fertilization.

In light of the EPA findings, PLNA members question the need for a law that increases the regulatory burden on small lawn care companies, that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has no resources to enforce and that may actually make the Bay worse by reducing the dense turf grass cover called for in the EPA Expert Panel Report.

PLNA government relations consultant Gregg Robertson continues to meet with legislators and their staffs to help them understand the issues that make this potential law a bad idea for businesses and the environment.

For more information:

To read a synopsis of the EPA Expert Panel Report follow this link.

To download a copy of the full EPA report, click here.

For archived articles on the fertilizer bill, search with the keyword "fertilizer.”

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