We know about the damaging effects. Why are Americans allowed to dump tons of dangerous pesticides on their lawns, which not only harm people and animals in the vicinity but also seep in the groundwater?
One answer is state preemption – state-level government overruling lower-level government(s). In the past, city and county ordinances played a role in regulating, restricting, and prohibiting the use of certain pesticides on private and public properties. Over time, pressures from chemical’s producers resulted in state legislature that prohibited municipal pesticide regulation for private properties that are stricter than those imposed by the state. State guidelines do not supersede municipal restrictions over local government land.
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