HARRISBURG – PLNA has come out in opposition to HB 1459 that would require 72 hour notice before pesticides could be used in public or private parks. PLNA’s objections were spelled out in an email to Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs staff, where the bill is being considered.
Planning for the Weather is Difficult
PLNA’s main objection is that the notice period would require that companies be able to accurately predict the weather 72 hours in advance. If it rains on scheduled pesticide use day, crews would have to be rescheduled and another notice period would be required.
Also, unanticipated problems encountered by maintenance crews requiring pesticide use while a crew was on a site could not be dealt with immediately. The crew would have to post notice and return 72 hours later to deal with the problem. In that time, the problem could worsen or spread.
Amusement Parks, Public Gardens and Agro Tourism Covered
The term “private parks,” as used in the law would include amusement parks like Hershey Park, public gardens like Longwood and agro tourism sites, like Cherry Hill Farms. These types of facilities have horticultural maintenance crews working constantly during the season using pesticides as they encounter problems.
At this point, the bill is not expected to move forward, but stay tuned to PLNA e-News for updates.