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Fertilizer Bill Sits on Precipice of Senate Approval

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG – Senate Bill 792, a bill to regulate the use and application of turf grass fertilizers, sits on third consideration on the Senate calendar. This means it could be approved by the Senate any day, although it has been in this position for two months.

PLNA Opposes Bill

PLNA opposes the bill in its current form. PLNA, other stakeholders and the Department of Agriculture had negotiated language with the bill’s sponsor, Senator Richard Alloway (R-Franklin), but the agreed-to language was not included in the bill that Alloway finally introduced and now sits ready for Senate approval.

PLNA’s opposition to bill revolves around three issues:

· The bill 

is not supported by the science and may even make water quality worse, based upon an EPA report;

· The bill will cost the industry millions in compliance costs;

· The Trump administration is trying to eliminate the program on which this legislation is based.

PDA Intervenes

The Department of Agriculture has intervened and attempted to renegotiate the language with Senator Alloway. PLNA learned last week from Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding that agreement had been reached. PLNA, however, has not seen the final language and will continue to oppose the bill until language favorable to Pennsylvania’s green industry is reached.

Deeper Dive

For more background information on the fertilizer bill, see the JulyAugust and September 2017 articles in PLNA e-News.

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