January 20, 2018
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Lawmakers split over aerial pesticide bill

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A legislative committee is split over a proposal to address drift and contamination from aerial pesticides in Maine.

Supporters of the new restrictions want better notification before spraying takes place, as well as quarter-mile buffer zones. Opponents maintain there haven’t been enough cases of pesticide drift in the state to warrant the legislation.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network quotes Sen. Roger Sherman, a Houlton Republican, as saying organic farmers are using “scare tactics.” He says the state’s pesticides control board has only received five complaints about pesticides drift over the last five years.

The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee ultimately found itself locked in a three-way split over the bill.


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