Hillsborough EPC Rejects Rainy Season Fertilizer Ban
Rejecting calls from environmentalists, Hillsborough County has backed away from a proposed ban on the sale of lawn fertilizer with nitrogen in the rainy seasons.
Instead, the county's Environmental Protection Commission, which is made up of Hillsborough County commissioners, today approved by a 5 to 2 vote new regulations on fertilizer use that stopped short of prohibitions that would have prevented the sale of fertilizers several months of the year to reduce the level of nitrogen pollution in rivers, lakes and bays.
Homeowners will still be restricted from applying nitrogen-based fertilizer after heavy rainfalls under the new regulations, which will apply to residents in the unincorporated county areas as well as Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City. The fertilizer could not be used within 10 feet of a body of water
Farmers, landscaping firms and other commercial applicators are exempt from the rules....