A New Jersey bill that could ban certain pesticides was introduced last month.
The bill, A4349, will “prohibit the use or sale of neonicotinoid pesticides” if signed into law. It also proposes an “unconditional ban” on such pesticides, regardless of the application method used.
This would effectively ban common insecticides such as imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid also referred to by the trade name “Merit.”
The bill cites adverse effects on pollinating insects and possible contribution to the phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder.”
The first offense is $500. Second and subsequent fines are $1,000 each. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute an additional, separate and distinct offense.