For the first time since signing a controversial anti-GMO bill into law last month, Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard Carvalho reported on his administration’s efforts to begin implementing Ordinance 960 (formerly Bill 2491).
The ordinance requires Kaua’i’s four biotech seed companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops, as well as establish setbacks around schools, hospitals and other sensitive areas.
Earlier this month, the council unanimously approved to allocate $100,000 from the general fund to pay for the first phase of the required Environmental and Public Health Impact Study, which Carvalho considers the law’s “most important” provision.
As for disclosure and buffer zones, he said they would be implemented once administrative rules are adopted. Ordinance 960 goes into effect Aug. 18.
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