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Nonprofit groups allowed to join Kauai law defense

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HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge is allowing four nonprofit organizations to join Kauai County in defending a new law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops in court.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren granted a motion to allow Ka Makani Hoopono, the Center for Food Safety, the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Surfrider Foundation to intervene.

Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow Agrosciences, and BASF Plant Sciences are seeking a permanent injunction against the law.

Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff's clients sought to join the case because they weren't confident the county's defense. They allege the county administration doesn't support the new law.

The Kauai County Council passed the ordinance over the veto of Mayor Bernard Carvalho, who called the measure flawed.

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