Higa Steps Out, GMO Coffee-Taro Bill 361 Passes 8-0 at Council Meeting

The GMO Coffee/Taro Bill 361, that Councilman Pilago introduced, passed 8-0 at the council meeting today in Kona.

Higa stepped away from the meeting when the vote was being placed.  It would have passed no matter which way Higa would have voted.

You can view the bill here.

Enron and Hawaii: The Wind Farms that Never Were

I’m reading into the distribution of the Enron settlement and noticed:

…About 1.5 million individuals and entities will be eligible to share in the distribution under the settlement plan. The attorneys fees will go to San Diego-based Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP, the law firm representing the university.

Besides the University of California, other plaintiffs who will share in the proceeds include pension plans from New York City and Hawaii, various investment firms and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee…

So I don’t really know where this was taking me and it’s probably not at all related, but I did find it odd that Enron was attempting to build Wind Farms here in Hawaii:

…In early 2001, the Hawaii Electric Light Company signed an agreement to buy power from a wind farm on Upolu Point. Site Constructors, a Californian company, built the 3MW, $8 million wind farm.

Kahua Power Partners and Zond Pacific, Inc. were also behind a wind project planned for the Kahua Ranch site. Zond Pacific was a subsidiary of Enron Wind Turbines, and the project was delayed when Enron was bankrupted (Wind Energy assumed the assets of Zond Pacific). Each of the turbines was to generate 750kW. According to the contract between Zond and Hawaii Electric Light Company, the wind energy would cost the utility 5c/kWh. In December 2003, the project was terminated…

*Edit* Back From the Dead

I’m still trying to re-categorize everything after my catastrophe this morning.

It will probably take me a couple more days to get everything back up. :(


Ok nearly 5 hours later, I think I’ve got them back in order.  If you see any post missing from a category that you thought should be there, please let me know.

Argh… Bare With Me Folks… I Messed My Blog Up

I messed up the Category Section of my blog so I’ll be spending the next FEW hours or so trying to put it back together.


EPA Fines Syngenta Seeds for Hawaii Violations

I just read that the Environmental Protection Agency has fined Syngenta Seeds $17,550 for violations over on Kauai.

The EPA found alleged pesticide worker protection violations by Syngenta Seeds, Inc., in Kekaha, Kauai. These violations include failing to store all personal protective equipment separately from clothing and apart from pesticide-contaminated areas, and failing to post the spraying of the pesticide Liberty at its Central Notification Site….

I find their code of conduct for their staff rather interesting:

  • Compliance with laws
  • Competition law
  • Business practices
  • Contractual obligations and standards of documentation
  • Respect for people
  • Use and protection of business assets and information
  • Insider dealing and disclosure
  • Company property and resources
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Health, safety and environment
  • Scientific standards
  • Security and information security

Looks as though they weren’t in compliance with their own code of conduct… less yet Federal Codes of Conduct.