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         December 4, 2000


At its November 29th meeting, the Nassau County Legislature unanimously passed local legislation requiring the notification of adjacent property owners at least 48-hours in advance of the application of pesticides. The local law has been adopted in conformance with the requirements of State legislation that was passed earlier this year.

"Notification is key to allowing residents to take the precautions necessary to ensure that they are not accidentally exposed to a pesticide application," said County Legislator Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) "I am pleased to have voted for this very important legislation.

Under the terms of the legislation commercial pesticide applicators are required to notify adjacent property owners within 150 feet at least 48-hours prior to pesticide spraying. The legislation also requires homeowners who apply pesticides themselves to flag their yards after applying pesticides.

As required under the provisions of the state law, the local legislation becomes effective March 1, 2001.

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