A federal judge struck down a new law regulating the use of pesticides and growth of genetically modified organisms by large-scale commercial agricultural companies on Kauai. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren decided Ordinance 960 is invalid and preempted by state law. Under the law, seed companies would have been required to disclose the types of pesticides they use and establish buffer zones near homes, medical facilities, schools, parks, public roadways, shorelines and waterways. Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff said the court's decision was disappointing.