- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Environmental groups in Maine’s largest city say they will push for Portland to adopt a partial pesticide ban that South Portland is considering.

South Portland has been considering an ordinance that would prohibit the use of some pesticides on city and private property.

Portland’s Energy & Sustainability Committee will review South Portland’s ordinance on Tuesday. Environmental groups including Portland Protectors plan to attend the meeting to make the case that a ban would protect pollinators, waterways and children.

South Portland’s proposed pesticide restrictions do not specifically name pesticides that would be allowed or banned.

The proposed ban also wouldn’t apply to the sale of pesticides or their use to kill disease-carrying insects or in commercial agriculture or on golf courses.



More than two dozen Maine communities have pesticide-control ordinances.

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