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Pacific Shipyards International Cited for Hazardous Waste Violations

FuddyThe Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch has filed a Notice of Violation and Order against Pacific Shipyards International, LLC (PSI) for violations of hazardous waste regulations. DOH has cited the company for exceeding the 90 day storage limit of hazardous waste that is awaiting disposal, failing to label the required accumulation start dates for stored hazardous waste containers, and failing to label a hazardous waste drum in a satellite accumulation area.

Facilities that generate large amounts of hazardous waste must dispose of that waste within a 90 day period. If the waste is still in storage at the end of the 90 days, a facility must hold a storage permit in order to be in compliance. Permitted storage facilities have stringent guidelines in place, such as increased frequency of inspections and emergency and contingency plans, to ensure public health and safety. PSI, located at Pier 41 in Honolulu, is not a permitted storage facility and was previously cited for violations in 2007 which were resolved.

DOH discovered the violations during December 2012 inspections of PSI, which performs mechanical and structural repairs and maintenance on ocean vessels. PSI has 20 days to respond to the violation notice and could face a penalty of $60,000.

The Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch oversees the management of solid waste generated within Hawaii to prevent releases of petroleum, hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants into the environment through aggressive enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. The branch promotes pollution prevention and waste minimization activities and the development of partnerships with the community.

Department of Health Cites United Solvent Services for Solid Waste Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order against Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. for violations that occurred in 2012 and 2013, at 330 Hukilike St., Kahului, Maui.

Unitek

The incidents involved the operation of an unpermitted solid waste management system that was accepting and processing disposed tires.

During an inspection conducted in February 2013, DOH noted the presence of approximately 10,000 tires at the 15,078 square foot site.

DOH conducted two inspections of the site, one in 2012 and one in 2013. Unitek was warned to cease operating the unpermitted facility in a letter dated May 11, 2012.

DOH imposed a penalty of $10,100 and ordered Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. to cease accepting solid waste and remove all solid waste from the facility. Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. may request a hearing to contest the allegations or order.

The DOH, Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation, and transfer systems. Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or waters of the state; prevent air pollution; prevent the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances; protect the public health and safety; conserve natural resources; and preserve and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.

 

 

Commentary: Retired Councilmen Bob Jacobson on Resolution 123-13… “End of Recycling and Mulch Programs”

Aloha kakou

On Tuesday June 4th, Councilmember Wille is introducing a measure to end our current policy of ruling out garbage incinerators (also called waste to energy) as our method of handling our solid waste.

The County of Hawaii (you) spent $1 million, plus countless hours of County workers on a study considering the merits of using an incinerator during rosy economic times. It clearly demonstatrated that unless we stopped all recycling and greenwaste operations and burned everything, we did not generate enough solid waste to make the system economically sound.  Ironically, this study was done by pro-incinerator professionals who usually promote incineration as the soluton to all waste problems.

Even my successor Councilmember Enriques voted to pass the last policy of keeping organics out of our landfill as did most of that Council.  Resolution 123-13 attempts to reverse all recycling and green waste efforts on this island and give massive amounts of our hard earned cash to snake oil salesmen who have contributed to Mayor Kenoi’s campaigns over the years.

If we had built the incinerator in 2008 we would have paid penalties of millions of dollars for the lowered solid waste amounts we experienced during this economic depression.  In 2009, Current Environmental Management Director Bobby-Jean bemoaned this decreased amount of solid waste we had to handle.  She should have been happy! Keeping solid waste out of the landfills and out of incinerators protects our air, land, water and assets.  Incinerators still have a lot of very toxic residue that must be landfilled.  Snake oil salesman will come with their honeyed tongues and promise the sun, the moon, the stars and jobs.  What they have in their other hand behind their backs is; pollution, massive tax payments to offshore interests, tax increases, corruption of local official, increased pollutions and an end to recycling and greenwaste programs.

By the way, the landfill at Puuanahulu could easily and cheaply be upgraded to handle all of our waste for another 50-100 years.  I suppose we should close it and raise taxes to pay for a polluting waste burner if we believe our Mayor.  Of course the last time Mayor Kim and Billy Kenoi were pushing incineration in 2008, their literature said we could build an incinerator for $45 million or less, not the $120+ million the study said it would cost even if we had enough waste to make it feasible.

Please let the County of Hawaii know you are not going to be fooled by corrupt officials, construction interests, greedy bankers and incineration company paid liars.  Vote against this resolution.

Sincerely,

Retired Councilmember Bob Jacobson

Kauai Man and Corporation Cited for Operating Unpermitted Solid Waste Management Facility

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a notice of violation against Mr. Charles Lee and PRC Corporation for operating an unpermitted solid waste management facility.

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The violations occurred at 1480 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue, Kaua‘i, and involved the processing of scrap metal and disposed vehicles.

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DOH has imposed a penalty of $94,800 and has ordered Mr. Lee and PRC Corporation to cease accepting further solid waste and remove all solid waste from their property. Mr. Charles Lee and PRC Corporation may request a hearing to contest the allegations or order.

The DOH Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation and transfer systems. Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or waters of the state; prevent air pollution; prevent the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances; protect the public health and safety; conserve natural resources; and preserve and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.

Department of Health Cites Kitagawa Towing and Metal Recycling for Permit Violations

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a notice and finding of violation and order against Kitagawa Towing and Metal Recycling. The violations were found during a routine permit compliance inspection, occurred at 30 Hobron Avenue in Kahului on Maui, and involved multiple and significant violations of the facility’s solid waste management permit.

Tires on the side of the road from "The Big Clean Up… Take a Stand for Your Land – Hawaii Ocean View Estates"

Violations found at the facility included the failure to take measures to prevent the discharge of fluids (such as used oil and gasoline) or to assess and mitigate the release of fluids; the failure to construct and operate the facility in accordance with application materials, operations manual, or permit; the improper storage of unprocessed vehicles; the improper storage of waste tires; the improper storage of lead acid batteries; the improper storage of waste fluids; and the failure to prevent mixing of waste streams with other material.

My son and I pick up huge batteries that were disposed on the roadside

The DOH has imposed a penalty of $73,900, suspended the facility’s solid waste management permit, and ordered the facility to cease operations. The penalty takes into account the extent of deviation from the law and the potential for harm. Kitagawa Towing and Metal Recycling may request a hearing to contest the allegations or order.

The DOH Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation, and transfer systems.

Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or waters of the state; prevent air pollution; prevent the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances; protect the public health and safety; conserve natural resources; and preserve and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.

The Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station Blessing

The newly upgraded Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station was blessed today.

More people showed up then expected as trash and recycling seems to be a hot topic these days.

It began with Kumu Moses Kaho’okele Crabbe circling the Pahoa Transfer Station and tossing salt in all corners of the transfer station

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Mayor Kenoi was on hand as well as his assistants.  Desiree Cruz opened the ceremony by thanking the community for showing up.

Mayor Kenoi was announced and he ran to the microphone to say a few words about how Puna has needed this for quite some time now.

Pahoa’s Council Representative, Fred Blas, thanked the businesses and individuals throughout Puna for assisting with volunteering their time and food for projects throughout the community as well as former 5th District Councilwoman Emily Naeole for getting the ball rolling on the project.

Environmental Management Director Frank DeMarco welcomed folks to the transfer station and mentioned how this was one of the nicest ones.

Kumu Moses Kaho’okele Crabbe then blessed the Transfer Station with a Hawaiian Pule (Prayer)

And then assisted with the untying of the maile lei.

The total cost for the project was $3.9 million dollars and folks were saying the place was so nice… that they could have a luau up there!

I wouldn’t suggest it, but if I were to have a luau here… I’d be certain to use this part of the facilities!

I just wish that the HI-5 Redemption center here was open more then just weekends… I mean they have a nice new office for it!

I mean technically they even have “Recycling” before the word Transfer in its own title!

Feel free to click on any of the pictures below for a larger image:

Department of Environmental Management Seeks Council Approval to Purchase Bulldozer

Media Release:

The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management is seeking Hawai`i County Council approval to purchase a D8 bulldozer for use at the Hilo landfill. The new bulldozer would take the place of equipment the county now rents from a private company.

A resolution requesting authorization to buy the bulldozer under a five-year lease-to-own arrangement was submitted to the Hawai`i County Council on December 6.

The new bulldozer is needed to comply with state Department of Health regulations that demand that the county have sufficient equipment to properly manage solid waste at the Hilo and Pu`uanahulu landfills.

The County now owns or has access to four bulldozers at the landfills, with two available for the Hilo operation and two available at Pu`uanahulu. However, this equipment is operated for long hours under hazardous and demanding conditions, and equipment failures are common. As a result, the bulldozers that are available to the county at the two landfills are often sidelined for significant periods of time awaiting repairs.

When additional equipment is needed to maintain operations at one of the landfills, the county rents a bulldozer. The purchase of a new bulldozer would eliminate the long-term need for a bulldozer rental contract.

If the Council authorizes the purchase, county officials estimate the new bulldozer will cost approximately $800,000, and will be delivered sometime in the next year.