Maui Police report that a traffic accident at the intersection of Pi’ilani Highway and Uwapo Road in Kihei has closed a portion of the roadway.
Northbound traffic on Pi’ilani Highway is being rerouted onto Uwapo Road. No word on the cause of the acciudent, the extent of any injuries, or when the traffic is expected to flow again.
UPDATE: Maui Police reopened the roads to through traffic at 5:30 a.m. today. A report on the incident is expected later this morning.
The Department of Water Supply (DWS) would like to remind its customers that water rates will increase by an average of 5.5% effective July 1, 2011. The rate increase should generate approximately $2.9 million in additional revenues, which will be necessary to offset increases in electrical expenses, debt service, and operations and maintenance expenditures. In addition, the balance of additional revenues will be used to fund capital replacement projects. The County Council approved the rates during the fiscal year 2012 budget approval period.
|FY 2012 Monthly Rates per 1,000 Gallons:|
|0 – 5,000||$1.75|
|5,001 – 15,000||$3.20|
|Non-potable (all usage)||$1.05|
In addition, the monthly service charge for water meters also increased slightly. For more information on water rates, customers may call DWS Customer Service at 270-7730. All county rates and fees are available online at www.mauicounty.gov.
For sewer rates, this is the first year since fiscal year 2005 that there is no increase. Rates will remain at their current levels due to carry-over savings attributed to decreases in debt service, electrical costs, construction costs, and also to higher than projected revenues. For sewer rates, please call the Department of Environmental Management at 270-7420.
The addition of three Boeing 717-200 aircraft to Hawaiian Airlines’ fleet is good news for our state and visitor industry. The increased capacity will help to support the HTA’s goal to promote the Hawaiian Islands and encourage multi-island travel that will boost visitor arrivals and spending on the neighbor islands.
The additional flights are also important for our local community. They will create jobs, bring families together and enhance the overall connectivity of our islands.
Hawaiian Airlines’ announcement further illustrates the momentum of our industry. The HTA remains committed to supporting their efforts, as well as those of other carriers, to ensure that Hawai‘i has adequate and convenient airlift to, from and within our state.
HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch has issued Notices of Violations and Orders against Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., American Hauling, LLC, Maui Electric Company, Ltd., and B.J. Ree’s Enterprise for air permit violations. The violations were either self-reported or discovered during an annual inspection.
The DOH Clean Air Branch (CAB) protects the people and environment of Hawaii by monitoring air quality and regulating businesses that release pollutants into the air. The CAB reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections, and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality. Through the air permit process, the DOH ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public.
Three of the companies cited have already paid monetary fines for their violations. Fine payment is pending with two other companies. In general, penalties are assessed on violators to remove any economic benefit they may have gained from their noncompliance and put them in a worse situation than those who comply with the law. All fines are paid into a revolving special fund used to prevent or minimize damage to the environment. Parties have the right to request a hearing to contest DOH orders.
The following companies were cited:
1. Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture (H-Power) for boiler #1 exceeding their 20% or 60% opacity limit on October 23 and 24, 2010. H-Power also exceeded its total dissolved solid (TDS) limit on July 7 and August 13, 2010 and failed to report within five working days the TDS deviations. H-Power is a municipal waste combustor facility located at 91-174 Hanua Street, Kapolei, Oahu. The violations were self-reported and a penalty of $15,700 has been paid for the violations. The company is working with the DOH on permit modifications.
2. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. for exceeding their 40% or 60% opacity limit on October 19, 2010 and January 2, 2011 for Waiau Units 5 and 7, respectfully. The Waiau Generating Station is an electric utility located at 475 Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City, Oahu. The violations were self-reported and a penalty of $8,100 has been paid for the violations.
3. American Hauling, LLC for failing to submit semi-annual records, and maintain fuel, water and other required records. The violations were discovered during an annual in-depth inspection at their crushing and screening plants located in Waialua, Oahu and a penalty of $4,300 has been imposed for the violations.
4. Maui Electric Company, Ltd., for exceeding their 20% or 60% opacity limit during various times from June 2010 to January 2011 from Maalaea Combustion Turbine Generator units M14, M16, M17 and M19. The Maalaea Generating Station is an electric utility located at North Kihei Road, Maalaea, Maui. The violations were self-reported and a penalty of $22,500.00 has been imposed for the violations.
5. B.J. Rees’s Enterprise, for not conducting an initial source performance test on its 925 TPH stone processing plant within 180 days of initial start-up of the plant. B.J. Rees’s Enterprise operates the stone processing plant at various sites in the state and a penalty of $3,100.00 has been paid for the violation.
SAN FRANCISCO » Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday that it will stop working with online affiliates based in California since the state passed a new rule that forces online retailers to collect sales tax there. Hawai’i legislators tried to pass similar legislation in the 2011 session, but the measure failed to get out of committee. Governor Neil Abercrombie has said he is inbvestigating executive paths to establish the so-called “Internet sales tax” law in advance of the 2012 legislative session. It is estimated the state could collect more than $30 million annually.
In an email Wednesday to California-based affiliates – individuals or companies who run websites that refer visitors to Amazon and then get a cut of any resulting sales – the Seattle-based company said it would cut ties with those who reside in the nation’s most populous state if the law became effective. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law Wednesday as part of a larger state budget package.
The rule requires online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales taxes if they have in-state affiliates.
In its email, Amazon called the bill “unconstitutional” and “counterproductive.”
Passage of the law, which is projected to net $200 million annually, adds California to a growing list of states that have enacted such legislation in hopes of bringing in more tax revenue.
Billions of dollars are at stake as a growing number of states look for ways to generate more revenue without violating a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits a state from forcing businesses to collect sales taxes unless the business has a physical presence, such as a store, in that state. When consumers order from out-of-state retailers, they’re supposed to pay the tax that is due, but they rarely do and it’s difficult to enforce.
States are trying to get around the Supreme Court restriction by passing laws that broaden the definition of a physical presence. Online retailers, meanwhile, are resisting being deputized as tax collectors.
California will become the latest state in which Amazon has parted ways with members of its Amazon Associates Program. Already it has said goodbye to affiliates in states including Arkansas, Connecticut and Illinois due to the passage of similar online sales tax laws. Smaller competitor Overstock.com Inc. has shuttered its affiliate programs in several states due to the laws as well.
California passed such a law in 2009, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it.
HONOLULU — The APEC 2011 Hawai‘i Host Committee is encouraging individuals who are interested in volunteering for Leaders’ Week to register online (www.apec2011hawaii.com/volunteer-opportunities) before July 10, 2011. The Committee is searching for more than 1,200 volunteers to take on roles that include directional guides, transportation escorts and informational assistants.
“We are excited to be able to offer Hawai‘i residents the opportunity to volunteer during Leaders’ Week, this is a wonderful way to showcase our islands’ aloha spirit and hospitality to the more than 20,000 delegates and media anticipated to attend” said Peter Ho, Hawai‘i Host Committee Chair. “So far, the response from individuals who are interested in volunteering has been overwhelming.”
Prospective volunteers will be required to work a minimum of five days and attend a full day training session on hospitality, customer service and Hawaiian culture. Additional training will be provided to others in the transportation, security and retail industries.
“The training that will be provided to our volunteers will educate and prepare them for interfacing with APEC delegates, heightening and showcasing Hawai‘i’s level of hospitality,” added Ho. “We want to ensure that Hawai‘i demonstrates that we are a world-class meetings destination capable of hosting meetings of this magnitude.”
Interested individuals are encouraged to visit www.apec2011hawaii.com/volunteer-opportunities to fill out an application on the “volunteer opportunities” page. The deadline for submitting applications is July 10.
The APEC 2011 Leaders’ Week will take place in Honolulu on Nov. 7–13 with the Leaders’ Meeting on Nov. 12 and 13, and is the culmination of a series of events held throughout the year in the United States. The Leaders’ Meeting is expected to attract approximately 20,000 attendees including the leaders of the 21 APEC economies, ministers, business leaders and news media.
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