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By: Rick Blangiardi
Kauai has been on a collision course over the regulation of
genetically modified organism, or GMO, crops.
Over numerous hearings and debate, including a 14-hour
hearing by the Kauai County Council on October 16, legislation to require
disclosure of pesticides and GMO's by agri-businesses passed the county council
by a 6-1 vote.
All eyes were then on Mayor Bernard Carvalho as he weighed
a possible veto. Carvalho took his full 15 days to decide that the bill was
legally flawed. On Halloween, he rejected it.
Carvalho rightfully agrees with the intent of the bill,
which calls for full disclosure of pesticide use and setbacks for its use near
schools and hospitals.
But he said bill 2491 is not legally defensible and the
state department of agriculture, not the individual counties, control pesticide
regulation. He also said the county would have a hard time declaring a farming
operation a public nuisance.
The issue is not going to go away and Mayor Carvalho may
face intense political fallout over his decision.
But the main point is to make sure that whatever rules and
regulations are put in place, they can withstand legal challenge and protect
the health and welfare of Kauai residents.