- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The City Council in South Portland has unanimously approved a partial ban on pesticides that would limit the use of chemicals on lawns and gardens.

The proposal would prohibit synthetic pesticides on city-owned and private property, but it wouldn’t apply to organic pesticides. It also allows use of pesticides that are exempted from federal regulation.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1V6kIfG ) reports the council still needs to take a final vote on the ban. The council wants city staff to recommend changes about issues such as how the ban would be enforced and how waivers would be granted.

Portland, the state’s largest city, also plans to consider the ordinance if it receives final approval.

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