Atrazine, chlorpyrifos and bifenthrin somehow made it inside Waimea Canyon Middle School. And according to an attorney, federal regulations forbids it from ending up there.
“Because the health risks are often unknown and evolving, this is one reason why pesticide labels expressly prohibit drift,” said Kyle Smith, one of the two attorneys representing the Westside community in a lawsuit against Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
In less than three years, the three restricted-use pesticides have been detected in water or ambient air samples collected at the school, nestled among a checkerboard of agricultural lands farmed by bio-tech seed companies on Kauai’s Westside. Read the full story.
And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t and politics:
Virgin America, recently acquired by Alaska Air, expanded its Honolulu service Thursday with daily flights to and from Los Angeles. Virgin will add flights between LAX and Kahului-Maui in June.
Sine Die At Hawaii Legislature
The House and Senate will conclude the 2016 session Thursday. Civil Beat will be there and reporting on the happenings.
KCC Chancellor Richards To Retire
Following a series of campus no confidence votes, University of Hawaii System leaders announced Wednesday that Kapiolani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards will step down after KCC’s May 15 commencement.