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New law kicks in about lake, pond treatments to nearby homeowners

80 new laws take effect in Connecticut tomorrow.  Among those measures is one that requires pesticide companies to provide direct notice to individual homeowners living on lakes or ponds of the date and time of any application of pesticides or herbicides in the area.  Danbury state Senator Julie Kushner says this passed in a bipartisan and unanimous vote in the Senate.  The Environment Committee member says the notification can be made by telephone, mail, or by personal notice at least 24 hours before the application to soil or water.  Kushner says this was prompted by some Connecticut lake shoreline property owners complaining that pesticide and herbicide application companies were giving very broad ranges – sometimes as much as a 71 day window – of application in water that they would be swimming, boating, or fishing in.

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