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Posted: Monday, March 10th, 2014 11:12 AM HST

Judge halts Big Island GMO registration rules

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) A judge is putting on hold Hawaii County's registration requirements for growers of genetically modified crops.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura granted a temporary restraining order Friday in favor of a papaya farmer whose lawsuit claims the new registration law is "burdensome and intrusive."

Nakamura's order prevents the county from enforcing the registration requirement and disclosing information already received.

The registry is part of the county's new law restricting the planting of genetically modified crops to enclosed structures such as greenhouses. Papaya growers are exempt but still required to register.

The lawsuit says the plaintiff believes giving up confidential information opens him up to vandalism or having trade secrets stolen.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Michael Udovic says the law is valid and that the order is unwise.

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