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Green ACES Meeting

AGENDA FOR THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY MEETING AND GREEN TEAM MEETING Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:30 pm – Community Center

Call to order:

1) Green ACES asked City County to support CB-065-2019 concerning pesticides.

2) Ruling of the Montgomery County pesticide legislation. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld Montgomery County’s law banning cosmetic lawn care pesticides use. The county council had passed the pesticide ban in 2015 by a vote of 6-3. The ban, which had been scheduled to take effect last year, targeted certain pesticides that are approved federally, but contain substances linked to cancer. It did not apply to agricultural land and golf courses, and would not have stopped the sale of lawn pesticides in the county. A group of six Montgomery County lawn care companies and a District-based trade association filed suit in 2016 to halt the ban, arguing that by passing it, the county overstepped its authority. A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge agreed, ruling in 2017 that the county had no right to regulate substances that were allowed by state and federal laws. That ruling was overturned Thursday. The court’s ruling is here: https://www.courts.state.md.us/data/opinions/cosa/2019/1203s17.pdf And the Washington Post reported the ruling, text below, URL https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/appeals-court-finds-montgomery-countypesticide-ban-doesnt-clash-with-state-law/2019/05/02/4e88ed56-6d32-11e9-8f44- e8d8bb1df986_story.html

3) Federal farm bill trying to preempt local/state governments from having pesticide bills. There is a section in the proposed Farm Bill that would strip the right of Maryland counties, towns and cities from enacting any protective pesticide legislation. This preemption language would strip the democratic rights of residents and local communities to protect itself from unwanted pesticide exposure. “Big agriculture interests have spent millions of dollars over the past few decades fighting against federal protections from toxic pesticides. Now these same interests are trying to use the farm bill to undermine safeguards put in place by state and local governments,” said Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon). There's two ways you can make a difference: a. The Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill are being hammered out now, so don't delay, contacting your Congressional lawmakers today at: https://bit.ly/2NW3y3W (Beyond Pesticide link) b. Also, please urge your local lawmakers to sign on to the lawmaker letter (link below) to oppose the preemption section: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oMtVgI6r4SCDuYpWrf9tzY0_Z0b5Bctf9FCv7kdDqc Q/viewform?edit_requested=true

4. Updates from Sustainability Framework / Green Team Circles.

4.1 Energy / Solar.
4.2 Food Systems / Sustainable Landcare.
4.3 Green Building.
4.4 Land Use / Planning / Pathways of Sustainability.
4.5 Transportation.
4.6 Time Bank / Local Economies.
4.7 Waste Management / Zero Waste.
4.8 Water / Stream / Stormwater Restoration.

5. Upcoming events people might want to share. -Electronics, Paint and Styrofoam Recycling – Saturday, October 26, 2019. Public Works Yard. 9 am to 12 noon. -November 14 – SMC Training Workshop in Hyattsville

Adjournment: This agenda is subject to change

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