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SB 922 Fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling.

Introduced by: Ryan T. McDougle | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling. Regulates several aspects relating to the application and use of fertilizer to lawns and turfs, including rules against applying fertilizers containing phosphorus or applying fertilizer when the ground is frozen, and the inclusion of a cautionary label on application and use. The prohibitions do not apply if: (i) the turf area is newly established or under repair; (ii) recent soil tests indicate the need for phosphorus fertilizer; (iii) the turf area is a golf course that has implemented a nutrient management plan; (iv) the area is a garden or greenhouse; or (v) the product being used is manipulated manure or yard waste compost. The bill also prohibits localities from regulating the use or application of fertilizers outside of any authority granted by the Stormwater Management Act. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is required to adopt regulations and operate a voluntary nutrient management training program to enable landowners and operators to prepare nutrient management plans for their own property. Golf course owners are specifically required to develop and implement nutrient management plans.


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