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County Legislature Approves Compromise Notification Law

Buffalo, NY – A mandatory pesticide notification measure that would have required lawn care companies to give 48 hour notice to neighbors before applying lawn chemicals was rejected by the Erie County Legislature Thursday.

But lawmakers approved a compromise that would require concerned residents to join a registry if they want advance notification of pesticide applications.

Critics say the Erie County law does not comply with statewide legislation regarding pesticide notification and is, therefore, illegal.

"It is completely ineffective and would not protect the residents of Erie County," said Michael Davoli of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

But co-sponsor of the compromise, Legislator John Greenan, R-West Seneca, said the law would protect residents concerned about pesticide use but would "not overburden the lawn care industry with costs of mandatory notification -- costs that would eventually have to be paid by the consumer."

County executive Joel Giambra must hold a public hearing on the measure before deciding whether to sign it into law.