HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health Clean Air Branch has finalized a Consent Order with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) for excess emission and reporting violations that occurred from 2009 to 2014 in Puunene, Maui. More than 400 violations, including issues such as boiler operations and delayed notifications, were documented through the Department of Health’s extensive records reviews of semi-annual reports, deviation letters and additional information submitted by HC&S.
“With the impending end of the last sugarcane commercial operations in Hawaii, the department is working to bring closure to a number of complex and long-standing regulatory issues that have involved extended legal negotiations with HC&S,” said Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of Environmental Health. “The Consent Order represents the diligent work of our staff to resolve pending emission and reporting violations as HC&S conducts its final year of sugar cane production on Maui.”
The terms of the Consent Order with HC&S include a $300,000 monetary penalty and a $300,000 two-phase Supplemental Environmental Project. The first phase of the project involves the installation of three air monitoring stations at various schools throughout Maui Island to monitor fine particulate matter (PM2.5) for the remainder of the 2016 sugar cane burning season. The second phase provides monetary support to aid in the further development and implementation of the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP).
The Consent Order also requires HC&S to pay stipulated penalties for each emission and reporting violation that occurs from Jan. 1, 2015 until the Consent Order is terminated.
In addition to this most recent Consent Order, the Department of Health Clean Air Branch continues to provide regulatory oversight of HC&S’s sugarcane burning operations on Maui and has since issued the following enforcement actions:
A copy of the Consent Order and other notices is available at http://health.hawaii.gov/cab/clean-air-branch/notice-and-finding-of-violation-downloads-pdf/.
Through the air permit process, the Department of Health Clean Air Branch ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public. The Clean Air Branch protects the people and environment of Hawaii by monitoring air quality and regulating businesses that release pollutants into the air. The Branch reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections, and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality.
Kahului firefighters arrived at 1:27 a.m. and found a small fire within the tractor repair building along the old Puunene Ave. They managed to bring the fire under control at 1:34 and called it extinguished at 1:50 a.m. The fire was reported by HC&S employees in another building nearby.
The fire burned wooden storage lockers within the repair shop and caused an estimated $1000 in damages to structure and $1000 to contents. Cause of the fire was undetermined. No injuries were reported.
Crews from Kahului, Wailuku, and a battalion chief responded to the incident.
Maui Water Department crews have completed their repairs on a 12-inch main waterline that broke in Kahului this morning – closing the Ka’ahumanu-Pu’unene traffic zone around 5:30 a.m. today.
DWS spokesperson Jacky Takakura reports that crews closing up the repair site and traffic should be back to normal by noon. To minimize public impact, follow up work is scheduled for Sunday. Water has been restored to Maui Mall, Maui Clinic and Bank of Hawaii.
Department of Water Supply personnel are currently working to repair a 12-inch main line break at the intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue and Puunene Avenue this morning. Maui Mall has no water; however, crews are installing a bypass to get water to the Mall while the break is being fixed. Estimated time to fix the break is around noon, today.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. Traffic on Kaahumanu will be affected in both directions; however, both sides are open. Motorists should drive with caution and be prepared for slight delays.
Maui Mall, Maui Clinic, and Bank of Hawaii have no water until a bypass can be installed. The break was first reported around 5:30 a.m. today.
Please call the DWS service line (270-7633) only in the event of an emergency.
Department of Water Supply workers will be working overnight this week to repair a waterline along Pu’unene Avanue in Kahului.
Traffic on Pu’unene Avenue at the intersection with Kamehameha Avenue will be reduced to one-lane heading south (towards Kihei) this Tuesday night, April 8, while Department of Water Supply personnel repair a leaking waterline.
The project is scheduled from 9 p.m. Tuesday night to 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and follow signage. Water service will not be affected and customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
PUUNENE, Hawaii —Maui police say a 2-foot-long cylindrical ordnance was found in a field off of Mokulele Highway in Puunene on Monday.
When officers arrived on the scene, photographs were taken of the ordnance and sent to the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Division for their review.
After police conferred with the Army, it was revealed that the ordnance posed no immediate danger due to the lack of structures within 200 yards of then ordnance.
The ordnance was cordoned off under the Army could determine if it was live or inert.
The ordnance was too dangerous to transport so the Army blew it up at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.
(Report Provided by KITV.com)
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