A Senate committee is expected to decide Thursday whether to extend stream diversion authority for another three years.
The agribusiness giant has also been sued by Hawaii plaintiffs who allege the pesticide caused their cancer.
While rising sea levels get much of the attention, another significant threat is the impact of severe weather on Hawaii’s mountains, watersheds and ag lands.
The Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. manages about 3,300 acres of land and infrastructure acquired with $71.4 million in taxpayer money.
The island’s only full-service slaughterhouse has quit taking smaller animals, leaving farmers, butchers and lovers of fresh kalua pork with no place to turn.
Gov. David Ige has a vision for sustainability but progress has been slow.
Hawaii Dairy Farms was thwarted by regulatory obstacles, lawsuits and community opposition.
The land used to grow sugarcane for 150 years will now be used to cultivate other crops.
A lawsuit filed last year alleged repeated spills and runoff of cattle manure, cattle urine and other waste from Big Island Dairy violated federal laws.