Council approves ban on county use of herbicides

  • A list of herbicides that would be banned by Bill 101.

  • Associated Press file photo

    A “No Spray” sign is posted along the roadway Feb. 17, 2016, in a neighborhood with many organic farms in Captain Cook.

    Associated Press file photo “No Spray” signs are posted along the roadway Feb. 17, 2016, in a neighborhood with many organic farms in Captain Cook. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

Urged on by new mothers, beekeepers, organic farmers and a soccer coach, the County Council on Wednesday passed a bill banning the county’s use of herbicides on public property, making Hawaii County the first local government in the state to do so.