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Scott Steepleton, Editor
8:48 am PDT June 28, 2021

Two years after overcoming regulatory obstacles to pass a ban on rodenticides in the city, the Malibu City Council is poised to further cement its Earth Friendly Management Policy.

An item on the June 28 council agenda calls for adoption of California Coastal Commission recommendations to certify a cityode ban on certain pesticides.

Eliminating environmentally harmful poisons has been the city’s official goal since 2014. Five years later, the city approved a policy governing pest management on city-owned, managed or leased property and bans the use of rodenticides on city property.

The policy also prohibits rodenticide use in connection with any contract with the city.

Other ways the city advances its goals is to add a condition of approval on new coastal development permits prohibiting the use of pesticides, rodenticides and insecticides.

The changes suggested by the Coastal Commission do a variety of things, including:

  • Clarifying that the prohibition of pesticides does not apply to mosquito abatement;

  • Clarifying that the policy only applies to toxic chemical substances and products that are similar to act to deter unwanted biological pests;

  • Adding language stating that “development that involves” the use of pesticides “shall be prohibited in cases where the application of such substances would have the potential to significantly degrade or coastal water quality or harm wildlife”;

  • Clarifying that the use of herbicides is permitted for restoration purposes if other control methods have been found to be infeasible.

Prior to the policy becoming an ordinance, the city would provide further review from a number of departments, as well as public hearings.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed live at malibucity.org/virtualmeeting.