Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, September 29, 1984, Image 18

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    *lB—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, September 29,1984
developments in the proposed
“right to know” legislation
highlighted a legislative board
meeting on Tuesday during
PennAg Industries Association’s
convention at Lancaster’s Host
Farm Resort.
This year’s meeting marked the
106th annual convention held by
the 570-member agricultural trade
organization, with about 240
members attending meetings
featuring agribusiness, political
and educational leaders.
Highlighting proposed
legislation of interest to
agribusiness, Tuesday’s meeting
featured a panel of three state
legislators: Sen. Noah Wenger,
vice chairman of the Senate
Agriculture Committee; Rep.
Samuel Morris, Chairman of the
House Agriculture and Rural
Affairs Committee; and Rep. June
Honaman, also a member of the
House committee.
Acknowledging that the concept
of a “right to know” bill is “a
worthy one”, Wenger pointed out
that H.B. 1236, as it was passed by
the House in June, was in need of
some revisions.
“The bill, as it was passed, was
particularly onerous to agriculture
and agribusiness,” said the
Senator, adding that the legislation
had been designed for the in
dustrial workplace.
Outlining some revisions that
had been hammered out on
Monday evening, Wenger began
with one of the bill’s original
provisions that would require
anyone storing more than 1,000
pounds of chemicals to notify
emergency personnel as to the
nature and location of the sub
stance. Fertilizers were included
in this category, making this
provision unnecessarily bur
densome for farmers as well as
emergency personnel such as fire
companies and police depart
ments, Wenger said. As of Monday
night, an agreement had been
made to delete this section.
Also under the original bill,
farmers mixing more than 10
gallons of chemicals would be
required to provide a material
safety data sheet, (MSDS) afid
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separate label for each different
mixture. The current revision
waives this requirement if the
farmer is mixing for immediate
use. Also, the bill has been revised
to allow chemical suppliers to
provide a separate MSDS for a
mixture’s ingredients rather than
requiring a new form for each
individual mixture.
Also revised was a provision
calling for on-site testing if that
site was judged to be a potential
hazard. Pointing out that such a
clause could lead to harassment,
the Senator stated that an
amendment had been added
requiring the state to pay for on
site testing, thus releasing the
farmer from the threat of financial
In other changes, individuals
filing suit for alleged chemical
related violations may do so only
for enforcement purposes. The
original bill would have permitted
courts to award monetary com
In concluding remarks, Wenger
stated that the transition to the
new regulations won’t be easy
despite the recent revisions.
Differences with other state and
federal regulations will un
doubtedly create some confusion,
especially in the area of interstate
commerce, he said.
On other legislative fronts Rep.
Morris noted that $1 million had
been appropriated for Pa.’s share
of the Chesapeake Bay program,
and the new milk security law will
provide protection to farmers in
the event of milk dealer
Morris reported that $620,000 had
been appropriated for avian flu
research. “I hope a vaccine will
come out of this,” he said, adding
that a repeat of the avian flu
debacle would ruin Pa.’s poultry
One bill in need of attention,
Morris said, is a bill extending the
life of the Milk Marketing Board.
Morris emphasized that this
control measure was necessary for
the welfare of farmers and con
sumers alike.
Asked to comment on the so
called comparable worth
legislation, Rep. Honaman stated
that the traditional differences in
Sen. Noah Wenger, vice chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, addresses the PennAg
membership during the group's 106th annual convention on Tuesday. Other panel
members pictured are Rep. Samuel Morris, chairman of the House Ag and Rural Affairs
Committee, and House committee member Rep. June Honaman.
pay scales between men and
women will gradually disappear as
a result of education. Pointing out
that men and women do have
evening classes of interest to rural
residents are being offered by the
Eastern Lancaster County School
The classes include freestanding
wood and coal stoves, beekeeping,
small engines and woodworking.
Classes begin the second week of
October and continue for 5 to 10
weeks depending on class.
Registration is not limited to
district residents.
The course on the safe operation
and use of freestanding wood and
freedom of choice in the job
market, Honaman added that it
should not be the legislature’s duty
to dictate this kind of policy for
Garden Spot offers adult study
coal stoves will begin at 7:30 p.m.
on Monday, Oct. 8. It will be taught
by Rick Horst of Harold M. Horst
Inc., New Holland. A $5.00
material fee will be charged.
On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Bob Hughes will launch a begin
ning beekeepers course. Hughes is
a hog farmer, beekeeper and
certified bee inspector.
Registration fee is $29.00.
C. J. Hochstetler, expert on
antique engine restoration, will
open his course on Oct. 9 and meet
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