Portland, ME prohibits synthetic pesticides

The Portland City Council approved an ordinance on Jan. 3 that prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides for outdoor pest management on public and private properties, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Councilors voted 9-0 to approve the ordinance after a one-hour workshop that was followed by a debate on 10 proposed amendments to the pesticide law. Two amendments passed, one of which set the ordinance’s start date for July 1, 2018.

According to the Portland Press Herald, the ordinance was recommended in October 2017 by the council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee.

Only a few properties in Portland – Hadlock Field, Riverside Golf Course and 5 athletic fields – will be exempt from the ban.

Read the full story on the Portland synthetic pesticide ban from Portland Press Herald here.