Council bans county herbicide use

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

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

HILO — 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.