State law on RUP disclosure implemented.. kind of but not really– Plus Kauai County stats on glyphosate

State law on RUP disclosure implemented.. kind of but not really– Plus Kauai County stats on glyphosate

Here is statewide 2014 Restricted Use Pesticide(RUP)  data provided by the State Department of Agriculture (not glyphosate or other general use pesticides)

Note: This list includes things like “Chlorine” which is used to purify water by some of the County water systems.  This list includes ALL RUP’s sold in the State except termite treatment chemicals and includes agricultural usage but is not exclusive to agricultural use.

http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/files/2015/04/SUMMARY-ALLSALES-2014.pdf

Here is the data for Kauai only products containing glyphosate

Kauai Usage Calendar Year 2014:

*State DOT Kauai Highways – 64 gallons
*Kauai County Public Works/(mostly roads) 118 gallons
*Kauai County Parks including Wailua golf course 35 gallons
The above info was provided in writing in response to my request

The statewide RUP data is provided due to a state law passed in 2013.  Introduced by Kauai Representative Dee Morikawa the measure according to Civil Beat: http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/03/after-2-years-hawaii-still-wont-enforce-pesticide-disclosure-law/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=users&utm_campaign=morning_beat

“Initially the bill sought to require an annual list of all pesticides used in each county by type and volume; a summary of health complaints related to pesticide use reported to the department and the results of those investigations; an analysis of trends in pesticide use; an assessment of the accuracy of the reported pesticide use data; and an accounting of the amount and type of pesticides imported into the state and the amount and type of pesticides reported as being used in the state.”

“But by the time HB 673 passed the Legislature, it simply required the legislative reference bureau to conduct a study, and ordered the Department of Agriculture to publish on its website the public information contained in all restricted use pesticide records, reports, or forms submitted to the department for all uses except structural pest control.”

And now as you can see, two years later when the data is finally published it contains only the very minimal total amounts per County and the public still has no information as to which companies use which pesticides in which parts of their community.  The Department of Agriculture has the data, they just will not give it to us.

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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org In a past life I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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