Maine city to decide on proposed ban of pesticides

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city’s leaders are set to cast a final vote on an ordinance prohibiting the use of some lawn-and-garden pesticides on private and city-owned lands.

The City Council in South Portland gave initial approval to the ban last month. The final vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Supporters describe the move as a penalty-free ban on landscape pesticides that will help reduce synthetic chemicals in the environment.

The ban applies to products such as Roundup, neonicotinoids and some weed-and-feed applications. Retailers in the city will still be able to sell the banned products, and residents could still buy them.

If approved, the ban would take effect later this month.

Portland officials say they are monitoring South Portland’s ban.

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