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Pesticide Notification Law Passes

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Lawn care companies that spray pesticides must now supply written notification to Erie County residents.

A county-wide pesticide notification law was approved by the Erie County Legislature Thursday.

Under the law, applicators must give residents living within 150-feet of pesticide applied areas a written notice.

Republican Elise Cusack said the county decided to create a law after conducting a successful voluntary notification program last year.

"Erie County residents do want to be notified. We had over 12,000 residents that registered voluntarily," said Cusack. "It was a tough thing for the lawn care industry to keep up with in a situation where it wasn't necessarily mandatory."

But the legislature approved the measure as a sunset provision. This will allow lawmakers to re-evaluate the law after one year.