More money needed to defend Kauai GMO law

Published On: Jul 21 2014 11:52:49 AM HST
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai's county attorney is asking the county council for more money to defend a new law regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides.

The Garden Island newspaper reports the county attorney is seeking $50,000 to pay private attorneys defending the county against a lawsuit.

The council in February authorized spending $75,000 to hire attorneys for the case.
The lawsuit was filed by Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer and Agrigenetics Inc., a unit of Dow AgroSciences.

The new law requires the companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops.  It requires them to establish buffer zones around sensitive areas, including schools and hospitals.

A federal judge in Honolulu on Wednesday is expected to hear evidence on whether the lawsuit should continue or be thrown out.

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