The other shoe has dropped in Kaua`i County’s intensely regulation of companies that grow genetically modified crops and use restricted-use pesticides.
"The chemical industry has been using bullying and misinformation all along to try to derail this law. They consider their impacts on the health of Kauaʻi’s residents as collateral damage. We look forward to defending Kauaʻi’s families and its environment, and are confident justice will prevail," said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Paul Achitoff noted.
George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney with the Center for Food Safety, said “Kauaʻi’s ordinance is a sound and well-crafted law. The industry’s challenge is without merit, and we will vigorously defend it.”
Neither Earthjustice nor the Center for Food safety is a party to the lawsuit.
It also says that the Council was able to override a mayoral veto only after, in violation of state law, selecting a new Council member favoring the override.
The county’s additional challenge is to determine how to defend a law that the county attorney’s office declared legally flawed.