The mayor of the Hawaiian island of Kauai has vetoed a bill that would have placed restrictions on pesticides used by biotech companies on the island for testing purposes.
The bill would have placed buffer zones for pesticide testing around schools, hospitals and residential areas, as well as required the island’s biotech companies to disclose what pesticides they were using.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr., called the bill “legally flawed,” choosing to veto it despite saying he agreed with the intent behind it.
The Kauai county council voted 6-1 to approve the bill on Oct. 16. With another vote of at least five, the council can override the mayor’s veto.
Companies testing pesticides on Kauai include DuPont-Pioneer, Syngenta, BASF, and Dow AgroSciences.
The bill would have gone into effect in nine months.© Food Safety News