U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

When it comes to pesticides and children's health, Maryland should err on the side of safety

When it comes to pesticides and children's health, Maryland should err on the side of safety

In Annapolis, lawmakers are frequently asked to weigh competing public interests and decide which is more important. Sometimes, that can be difficult, as when legislators are asked to set tax rates that are fair and competitive with surrounding states. No one wants to raise taxes, but then no one wants to cut vital programs that tax dollars support either. And then there are the relatively easy calls when a substantial public interest runs up against private profit and convenience. What to do about a pesticide that can harm children’s brains would seem to easily fit that latter category. So why is the General Assembly struggling with this issue?

The pesticide in question is...

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