9th Circ. Buries 3 Hawaii Counties' GMO, Pesticide Regs

By Stan Parker and Emily Field (November 19, 2016, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday rejected regulations in three Hawaii counties governing pesticides and genetically modified crops, agreeing with agriculture companies and industry groups that the local rules are preempted by state and federal laws.

The appeals court, making a total of five rulings in separate appeals over the regulations in Kauai County, Maui County and Hawaii County, found that federal and state-level regulatory schemes regulating harmful plants and pesticides left no room for the counties to add their own rules.

In Alika Atay et al. v. County of Maui et al., the Ninth Circuit shut down an appeal from citizens...

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