Judge declares Ordinance 960 invalid

LIHUE — A federal judge has ruled that County Ordinance 960 related to pesticides and genetically modified crops is preempted by state law and therefore invalid. 

Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren filed the judgment today, enjoining the county from implementing or enforcing the law. 

Syngenta, BASF, DuPont Pioneer and Agrigenetics Inc., a company affiliated with Dow AgroSciences, filed suit against the County of Kauai in January in an attempt to block implementation of Ordinance 960 — a law formally known as Bill 2491 that allows the county to monitor pesticide use and genetically modified crops.

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