Carvalho vetoes Kauai County pesticide bill

Citing legal concerns, Kauai's mayor has vetoed the County's proposed pesticide bill.

Will Caron

Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho has vetoed a popular bill that would have required top GMO companies on Kauai to disclose their pesticide usage and would have created a buffer zone around schools and hospitals where no pesticides could be used.

Carvalho cited legal concerns about the bill itself and also about the process used to create the bill, which was sponsored by Gary Hooser and Tim Bynum.

“As I have said all along, I truly believe that we could have accomplished these goals faster and in a legally sound manner by working cooperatively with the state, which has clear legal authority over buffer zones and pesticide disclosure,” wrote Carvalho.

For more information on the Mayor’s decision, see the KauaiEclectic blog post on it.