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Court Invalidates Kauai Ordinance Regulating GMOs, Pesticides

Judge Barry M. Kurren ruled Monday that the ordinance is “preempted by state law and is therefore invalid.”

A federal court has struck down a Kauai County ordinance that requires biotechnology companies to disclose their cultivation of genetically modified crops and use of restricted pesticides.

Hawaii Judge Barry M. Kurren ruled Monday that the ordinance, which also imposes buffer zones for pesticide spraying around schools and hospitals, is “preempted by state law and is therefore invalid” and said the county should not implement or enforce it.

The Kauai County Council passed the ordinance last fall after many residents said they feared the environmental and health impacts of farming genetically engineered seeds.

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By: ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER for Honolulu Civil Beat
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