Department of Health Cites Five Companies with Air Permit Violations

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch has issued notices of violations and orders against five companies located on Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu for air permit violations.

The violations were either self-reported, or discovered during an inspection.

The following companies were cited:

  • Tesoro Hawai‘i Corporation (Tesoro) for various opacity violations on the vacuum unit charge heater, package boiler, and crude heater No. 1 and 2. Tesoro is a crude oil distillation facility with a capacity of 95,000 barrel per day and is located in Campbell Industrial Park, O‘ahu. The violation was self-reported and a penalty of $26,700 has been assessed. Currently, negotiations are being conducted regarding a consent order.
  • Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. Waiau unit 8 for an opacity exceedence on September 1, 2011. The six-minute opacity average was 68 percent during an unscheduled equipment shut down, which exceeded the opacity permit limit of 60 percent. The Waiau generating station is located in Pearl City, O‘ahu. The violation was self-reported and a penalty of $6,000 has been assessed. Currently, negotiations are being conducted regarding a consent order.
  • O. Thronas, Inc., dba Kaua‘i Aggregates for failing to conduct the 2010 annual performance tests for opacity on the 700 ton per hour stone quarrying and processing plant located at Halewili Road, Wahiawa, Kaua‘i. The violation was discovered during an annual inspection, and a penalty of $5,100 has been paid for the violation.
  • Kohala Coast Concrete and Precast, LLC. for various permit violations on the 170 cubic yards per hour concrete batch plant located at Kawaihae, Hawai‘i. The violation was discovered during a complaint investigation and a penalty of $5,300 has been assessed.
  • Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) for burning approximately 25 acres of Field 716 on November 4, 2011 without prior DOH written approval. HC&S operates a sugar refinery located at Puunene, Maui and has an agricultural burning permit (AGP) with the DOH.  Field 76 was not a field allowed to be burned on the AGP and the violation was self-reported. A penalty of $2,400 has been assessed for the violation.

The DOH Clean Air Branch (CAB) protects the people and environment of Hawai‘i 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.

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.

Hawaii Department of Health Cites Eight Companies for Air Permit Violations

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch has issued Notices of Violations and Orders against eight companies located on Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, and O‘ahu for air permit violations. The violations were either self-reported or discovered during routine inspections or records reviews.

The following companies were cited:

  • Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring, Inc. for various permit violations at its mobile crushing plant located in Lihue, Kaua‘i. A penalty of $11,600 was issued to the facility and a consent order is currently being negotiated.
  • Maui Paving, LLC for failing to maintain after pressure and pressure drop in its scrubber duringthe production of hot mix asphalt at its Kalama‘ula Industrial Park plant on Moloka‘i. The violations were discovered during a records review and a penalty of $3,500 has been paid.
  • Jas. W. Glover, Ltd. for failing to conduct the 2010 annual performance tests for particulate matter and opacity on its 300 tons per hour (TPH) portable drum mix asphalt plant located at the Pu‘unene Quarry on Maui. The violations were discovered during a records review and a penalty of $5,600 has been paid.
  • Grace Pacific Corporation for failing to conduct monthly opacity observations for various months in 2010 and 2011 on its 725 kilowatt (kW) diesel engine generator. The violations were discovered during an inspection at its 334 TPH asphalt plant located in Barbers Point Harbor, O‘ahu, and a penalty of $4,700 has been paid. The corporation was also cited for failing to conduct monthly opacity observations on diesel engine, rip-rap, and recycled aggregate plant plants for various months in 2010 and 2011 at its crushing, screening, and aggregate recycling plants located in Makakilo Quarry on O‘ahu. The violations were discovered during an inspection and a penalty of $4,100 has been paid.
  • Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. for late submittals of annual emission and semi-annual monitoring reports. Unitek operates a 70 horsepower (HP) superior boiler and waste oil reprocessing facility at Campbell Industrial Park, O‘ahu, and a penalty of $2,100 has been paid for the violations.
  • Phillip Services Hawai‘i (PSH) for failing to install, operate and maintain a high temperature audible alarm and automatic shutdown system within 180 days after permit issuance on its oil dehydrator. PSH was also fined for not conducting a source performance test on the oil dehydrator. The violations were discovered during an inspection of the used oil processing facility located at Campbell Industrial Park, O‘ahu. A penalty of $14,400 has been paid.
  • E.M. Rivera and Sons, Inc. for late submittal of compliance certification, annual fees, annual emission and semi-annual monitoring reports. The 730 and 505 TPH portable crushing plants are located on the island of Hawai‘i, and the violations were discovered during a records review. A penalty of $1,500 has been assessed.
  • Chevron Products Company, Hawai‘i Refinery for failing to report a tank leak within five days and repairing the tank leak within 45 days of a leak. Chevron operates an oil refinery in the Campbell Industrial Park, O‘ahu. The violation was discovered during a records review, and a penalty of $4,300 was paid.

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 DOH Clean Air Branch (CAB) protects the people and environment of Hawai‘i 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.