New Maryland Coalition Calls on Governor Hogan To Protect Food and Farm Workers

  Over 100 groups form the Marylanders for Food and Farm Worker Protection Coalition call for executive order providing COVID-19 protections for poultry, seafood, and agricultural workers. September 3, 2020, Eastern Shore, MD — Today, a new coalition of over 100 groups fighting for workers’ rights launched its campaign calling on Governor Hogan to issue an […]

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Pesticide Foes Win the Day in DC: Cheh’s Bill Goes to Mayor

  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C., After more than a year of strategic planning and fierce opposition from synthetic chemical lobbying groups, a Washington, D.C., councilor today was able to unanimously pass the nation’s most comprehensive municipal law to restrict pesticides. Representative Mary’s Cheh’s bill, known as the Pesticide Education and Control Amendment Act […]

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Chesapeake Bay Pesticides: Some Diminish, Some Persist

   ARS chemists Cathleen Hapeman (left) and Laura McConnell have found that traces of some “legacy” pesticides that are no longer used linger in the Chesapeake Bay airshed. (Credit: Peggy Greb) ScienceDaily (July 9, 2011), Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are identifying factors that influence pesticide levels in the Chesapeake Bay airshed, […]

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Pesticides in Bay Cause of Concern for Local Fisherman

  (Beyond Pesticides, February 18, 2010) Hundreds of dead and dying lobsters just north of the Gulf of Maine were found to have been exposed to cypermethrin, a highly toxic synthetic pyrethroid pesticide registered for agricultural and residential use that some officials think may have been illegally used in fish farming. However, the chemical, which […]

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EPA Leading Efforts to Reduce Contamination of Chesapeake Bay

  (Beyond Pesticides, May 14, 2009) President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday creating a Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay to be chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The executive order calls for EPA and six other federal agencies to coordinate and expand federal tools and resources to help speed […]

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The New Polluters of the Potomac

  By H. Hedrick Belin Silver Spring Sunday, April 19, 2009 After more than a quarter of a century of Clean Water Act legislation and enforcement, the Washington area’s river and bay waters are nowhere near as healthy as they should be. The main sources of the impairments are no mystery: sedimentation, agricultural runoff, rainwater […]

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Federal agencies release draft reports required by Chesapeake Bay Executive Order

  Federal agencies have released the seven draft reports required by President Obama’s Executive Order, which contain a range of proposed strategies for accelerating cleanup of the Bay and its vast watershed. The draft reports and an executive summary are available at http://executiveorder.chesapeakebay.net The draft reports collectively call for increased accountability and performance from pollution […]

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Maryland hospitals cutting toxic pesticides

  By Sara Michael Examiner Staff Writer 10/27/08 Hospitals are normally a place to get well — not to be exposed to toxic chemicals. But many health care facilities rely on toxic chemicals for pest control, prompting several local hospitals to vow to use safer ways to kill ants, roaches and termites. “We’re not adding […]

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Maryland Farming Subsidies Mitigate Fertilizer Damage

  (Beyond Pesticides, December 5, 2007) The state of Maryland, in an effort to stem the extensive pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, has developed a cost-share program that pays farmers to plant winter cover crops, beginning with a pilot program in 1992. Farmers plant a variety of crops, wheat being the most popular, which in […]

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