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.
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.
We are gearing up for another legislative session in Maryland. Here are our priorities for the 2018 legislative session in Annapolis. Thanks to Clean Water members and actiivists, in 2017, we successfully passed the Keeping Antibiotics Effective Act and phased out the use of lead wheel weights and mercury switches and relays. We need to keep this momentum moving forward. Make sure you are signed up to receive Clean Water Emails! Throughout Session we will be sending action alerts and updates on how these bills (and others that spring up) are moving through the lawmaking process and we'll need you to join us to win for our water and communities.
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.
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