The Montgomery County Council in Maryland is proposing a ban on pesticide use on lawns, citing harmful health effects on people, pets, and waterways. The county would be only the second locality to ban pesticides in the country. Opponents say the rules are superfluous, given EPA and state regulation. The county has already passed rules limiting trans fats, e-cigarettes and pet stores supporting “puppy mills,” sparking debate about the role of local government in health and safety issues. We explore both sides of the debate.


  • Eric Wenger President, Complete Lawn Care
  • Bill Turque Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Jennifer Sass Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Lecturer, George Washington University.
  • George Leventhal President, Montgomery County Council (D)

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