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Kings County Economic Dev. Ass'n v. Hardin

Citation: 2 ELR 20151
No. No. F-565, (E.D. Cal., 03/07/1972)

A suit by California farm workers alleging that the use of pesticides by growers thereatens their health and safety and calling upon the Secretary of Agriculture to consider the environmental effects of those chemicals in the operation of the farm subsidy program is dismissed, since the plaintiffs lack standing to sue; there is no reasonable relationship between farm subsidies and environmental effects of pesticides and the complaint fails to allege a substantial controversy. [See 333 F. Supp. 1302 (N.D. Calif. July 21, 1971) for dismissal on grounds of improper venue]

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Burton D. Fretz
P.O. Box 425
Santa Maria, Calif. 93454

Peter H. Reid
1221 Broadway
Redwood City, Calif. 94063

Counsel for Defendant
Dwayne Keyes United States Attorney
Joel A. Wallock Assistant U.S. Attorney
Room 8536 Federal Building
United States Courthouse Building
650 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, Calif. 95814