Monday, August 01, 2005

Search and Destroy

Hawaii is asking the federal government to get tough about inspecting imports into the state, according to this story from The Maui News. U.S. Representative Bill Case, who introduced the Hawaii Invasive Species Prevention Act, wants the feds to be as strict about the agricultural inspection of what comes into Hawaii as they are about what leaves that state. With its unique role as a bridge between the continental U.S. and Asia, Hawaii is certainly under at least as much risk of being exposed to introduced pest species as it is a risk of being a vector itself. If you're not using Firefox you can get more details from Rep. Case's official press release (minus two points to Rep. Case's website designers!). I will post a link to the full text of the bill as soon as I can find it.

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