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EPA Requiring County of Hawaii to Close 7 Large Capacity Cesspools

In accordance with Section 1423(c)(3)(B) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (“Act”), 42 U.S.C. § 300h-2(c)(3)(B), notice is hereby given of a proposed agreement, set forth in a Proposed Administrative Order on Consent (“Proposed Consent Order”), between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 (“EPA”) and the County of Hawai‘i. The Proposed Consent Order requires the County of Hawai’i to correct certain alleged ongoing violations of the Act, as further described below. This notice invites the public to submit comments on the Proposed Consent Order.

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The Proposed Consent Order requires Respondent to close seven (7) large capacity cesspools (“LCCs”) that are currently being operated in violation of the ban codified at 40 C.F.R. § 144.88 on existing LCCs that took effect on April 5, 2005. Section V of the Proposed Consent Order provides an enforceable schedule for the County of Hawai’i to come into compliance with the ban, including closure of the LCCs and proper treatment for the wastewater streams currently being sent to the LCCs.

Complainant

Kathleen H. Johnson, Director, Enforcement Division, U.S. EPA, Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Respondent

Mayor Harry Kim, County of Hawai‘i, East Hawai‘i Building, 25 Aupuni Street Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

Facilities

Pahala and Na’alehu communities of Hawai‘i

Alleged Violations

EPA alleges that, since April 5, 2005, Respondent owned and/or operated two (2) LCCs in violation of the LCC ban located in the community of Pahala. EPA further alleges that, since at least April 30, 2010, Respondent owned and/or operated five (5) additional LCCs in violation of the LCC ban located in the communities of Pahala and Naalehu. The continued operation of these LCCs is an ongoing violation of 40 C.F.R. § 144.88 and the SDWA. The seven (7) LCCs at issue are more specifically defined as follows:

  • 2 large capacity cesspools serving approximately 109 private residences in the community of Pahala, Hawai‘i;
  • 3 large capacity cesspools serving approximately 163 private residences in the community of Na’alehu, Hawai‘i; and
  • 2 large capacity cesspools serving the Pahala Elderly Apartments.

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Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 18.941°N, 155.478°W
Depth 37.1 km (23.1 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 18 km (11 miles) SE (140°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 29 km (18 miles) S (180°) from Pahala, HI
  • 36 km (22 miles) ESE (121°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
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  • 94 km (59 miles) SSW (206°) from Hilo, HI
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Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles); depth +/- 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 65, Dmin=20 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=238°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60329266

Community Meeting on Kahuku Villages

Media Release:

There will be an upcoming community meeting sponsored by Nani Kahuku Aina, LLC, March 2 at 6:00pm in the Naalehu Community Center in Naalehu. They are seeking community input on Kahuku Villages, a proposed development in Ka‘ū.

Please consider attending this event if you would like to learn more about it and let them know your thoughts as well. For more information please email: info@kahukuvillages.com

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Aloha,

Brittany Smart, District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka‘ū, South Kona

 

 

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