Portland bans use of insecticides believed to be harmful to bees on city property

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian

Portland banned the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, a wide-ranging classification of chemical pest killers, on city-owned property.

The City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Wednesday, making the insecticide ban effective immediately.

“We’re doing another good thing for the people of Portland, Oregon, the United States, maybe the entire world,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who introduced the policy.

Few question the efficacy of the insecticides, which have a long shelf life and quickly kill pests. But the chemical sprays persist in the environment, and opponents say they provide a clear and documented harm to bees, birds and butterflies.

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