Safer Chemicals for Maryland

Toxics used in Maryland’s crops and food have continually increased over the past years, and the use of more harmful and toxic pesticides has become common. Clean Water cofounded the Smart on Pesticides campaign and has worked for years to reduce sources of toxic exposures in Maryland communities.

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Smart on Pesticides

Pesticides used in Maryland’s crops and food has continually increased over the past years, and the use of more harmful and toxic pesticides has become frequently common.

 

The REDUCE Act - Mercury

Mercury, the infamous silvery liquid metal, is a proven neurotoxin and exposure to mercury is a potential serious health threat for pregnant women and young children in particular. During the first years of life, a child's brain is still developing and rapidly absorbing nutrients

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Taking on the Toxic Soup - Why We Fight for Safer Chemicals

From before we are born until the time we die, we are repeatedly and regularly exposed to toxic chemicals with the potential to seriously harm our health. Toxic chemicals can be found in our homes, schools and workplaces – in products we use on a daily basis.

Maryland Is First State to Ban Consumer Use of Bee Killing Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Annapolis, MD – On Thursday, Maryland became the first state in the country to restrict consumer use of neonicotinoid pesticides, with the General Assembly passing the Pollinator Protection Act (SB 198 / HB 211) by large bipartisan margins. The Act has been a multi-year priority for the Smart on Pesticides coalition, an organization cofounded by the Maryland Pesticide Education Network and Clean Water Action.

From We All Live Downstream

April 7, 2017

Last night marked the end of Maryland's 2017 legislative session. This was a wild three months in Annapolis, but we were there for it all, campaigning for our priority issues, adding a few more, and making sure that we were an active voice for clean water throughout.

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March 21, 2016

On Saturday March 19 the Pollinator Protection Act passed the House of Delegates with a strong bipartisan vote of 96-39. The House language is a clean, strong bill with no weakening amendments.

 

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January 13, 2016

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly session opens today, kicking off a frenetic 90 days during which Clean Water educates legislators and connects our members to their representatives.