HONOLULU (KITV) -Governor David Ige signed a law Wednesday, banning the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos.
Under the new law, only businesses with special permits can use banned pesticides. The full ban on chlorpyrifos takes effect in 2023.
The new law also prevents spraying pesticides within 100 feet of schools.
"In my view, the passage of SB3095 was one of the highlights of our session. After many years of no action, it was good for the legislature and the community to come together to get the job done. Get this bill across the finish line," State senator. Mike Gabbard said.
Hawaii is the first state in the country to ban chlorpyrifos.