More than a year after the Hawai`i Supreme Court heard oral arguments, it has issued its decision in Patrickson v. Dole, a case that revolves around harm to Central American workers exposed to DBCP, or dibromochloropropane. That chemical was widely used in the United States until the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in the 48 mainland states in 1978; it took another eight years before pineapple growers on Maui were forced to stop using it on their fields.
In banana plantations of Central America, however, DBCP continued to be applied, in ways that resulted in even higher levels . . .
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