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Chesapeake Bay Recommendations May Impact Green Industry

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by phasthound, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,146

    Pa. Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster County) is working with a group of stakeholders to create new recommendations for lowering the impacts of agricultural operations, wastewater treatment facilities, and other discharge sources on the Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvaina Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) is a member of the task force. The task force has listed some ideas that would be supported by PLNA – such as better education for homeowners who use fertilizer on their lawns, and reforming the framework of the nutrient trading program (currently a complex program that has been underutilized by farmers and others). However, other ideas put forth by the group have caused concern for PLNA and other stakeholders, including a proposed $3 per pound tax on nitrogen fertilizer, and a new regulatory program for both homeowners and green industry professionals who use fertilizer. PLNA will continue to work closely with the task force and Senator Brubaker’s office to promote the following principles for any final document: a preference for education instead of new regulatory programs, and support for policy initiatives that are created on the basis of sound science.
  2. Real Green

    Real Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 389

    Good luck getting it done in the next year or two. I assure you that it is at minimum ten years away. A solid number of people working on that group already have chemical lawn care for their homes and enjoy the results they have. Thanks for the heads up.
  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    $3 per pound tax? So a 50lb bag of 24-5-5 would have $36 in tax associated with it?

    That also means that your products would be taxed. Your fert that is 16% nitrogen would be taxed $24. Fert would more than double overnight. They will never get that passed.
  4. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,358


    It will happen.

    The so called "Experts" have been inviting lawn care operators to meetings for YEARS, finding facts on how we do things.....They will use this information, to create problem(s) , and then put a tax on what is in Demand.

    Remember when Al Gore came out with the Film/Movie on The Greenhouse Gas issue.

    Did you ALSO see how BOTH Democrats and Republicans cheered him on........They were applauding him as he found a way to put a TAX on CARBON.

    My point is "They" will always find a way to make more Revenue with TAXES.

    They are looking at the GREEN INDUSTRY for just that now........GREEN.

    It will get worse...Always does where there is $$$$

  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,146

    Hold on a second. I posted information I received as a member of PLNA, I have nothing to do with any of the proposals. I am vehemently against the implementation of any such regulations.
  6. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    that's just stupid

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