Politics & Government
7:14 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Bugged by your neighbor's pesticides? Registry would require notification of spraying

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Lots of people are fussy about their lawns: no weeds, no bugs allowed.

But the chemicals used to maintain a perfect lawn can make some people sick.

Michigan has a registry for people whose doctors say they shouldn't be exposed to pesticides. The registry requires lawn-care companies to notify those people before applying pesticides close to where they live.

But a Michigan lawmaker says everyone should have the right to know when lawn-care companies apply pesticides to a neighbor's property. 

State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) says that doesn't go far enough. He says anyone should be allowed to join the registry.

"We've known a long time that pesticides can have terrible effects on human health, particularly for pregnant mothers, young children and animals," Irwin says.

A representative for the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association had no comment about the proposal.