More than a dozen famers and residents in Waimea are suing Pioneer Hi-Bred and landowner Gay & Robinson for allegedly not controlling erosion and pesticide-laden dust from its GMO test fields, The Garden Island reports.

The suits claim that fugitive airborne dust exposure from restricted-use pesticides presents unreasonable  environmental risks including human health, the Waimea River, the coastline and coral reef.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages against Pioneer Hi-Bred International for failing to control dust.

The suit claims dust is transporting toxic chemicals used on a daily basis and that Pioneer Hi-Bred is conducting open-air testing of genetically modified crops at its Waimea Research Center.

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