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US court invalidation of Hawaiian ordinance appealed

US state Hawaii's Kauai county and four US environmental groups have appealed a court ruling invalidating the county's local law that imposed restrictions on pesticide use and required disclosure of which genetically modified crops are grown on the island. The two appeals were filed last week with the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The county and the advocacy organisations contend US District Court Judge Barry Kurren erred last month when he declared the local law pre-empted by state pesticide law and by regulations under the authority of the state Department of Agriculture (Agrow No 695, p 18).



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