Maine passes pesticide-spraying registry

Posted April 02, 2010, at 9:43 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers who live in agricultural areas may be getting a new pesticide-spraying notification system.

The House and Senate have given final approval to a bill that will replace Maine’s current preseason notification system with a comprehensive, single notification registry for all outdoor pesticide applications.

The bill, which awaited Gov. John Baldacci’s signature, also keeps a registry for aerial and air carrier agriculture pesticides intact.

The bill was passed after a year of intense negotiations with farmers and members of the public.

The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Andy O’Brien of Lincolnville, says he’s confident the bill strikes an adequate balance on pesticide notification law for the time being.

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