- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A new version of a law aimed at reducing synthetic pesticide use in South Portland has won the support of most of its City Council members.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit the use of certain lawn-and-garden pesticides on private and city-owned land. Retailers would still be allowed to sell them.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2aJ2b7F ) reports only pesticides allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and classified as “minimum risk” by the federal Environmental Protection Agency would be allowed for use within city limits.

The ordinance still needs approval. It would apply to city property starting May 1 and broaden to include private property on May 1, 2018.

Officials in Portland say they will follow South Portland’s lead if its effort succeeds.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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