Summary: A recently proposed Kauai County ordinance strives to safeguard public and environmental health by reigning in the application of harmful pesticides on the island. The bill, which targets large users of restricted and experimental pesticides, would require mandatory disclosures about pesticide use and the presence of GMOs, ban open-air testing of experimental pesticides and GMOs and create pesticide-free buffer zones around sensitive areas. Supporters of the bill have requested additional regulation because there currently is no law in place that requires agriculture-centric companies to disclose the amounts of toxic chemicals they use daily, and because the intensity of the restricted-use pesticide-spraying on Kauai exceeds that of any other county in the state.
"If the federal government had a law that specifically restricted [pesticides] in a way that this ordinance does, why would anybody be bothering to do an ordinance?" asked Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff. "What might work in Illinois doesn't work in Hawaii. We're a lot smaller. People are much closer to these things than states on the mainland where you have vast expanses of agricultural land."
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