POSTED: 6:49 p.m. HST, May 3, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's fining three Hawaii island entities for their use of large-capacity cesspools.
A large-capacity cesspool discharges untreated sewage from buildings serving 20 or more people per day.
EPA regulations required existing large cesspools to close in 2005 and prohibited new construction after April 2000. The rules don't apply to single-family homes with individual cesspools.
The EPA said Wednesday it is penalizing GLACS LLC $68,000 for operating 10 of the cesspools at Kailua-Kona office buildings. It fined the Jazmin Family Trust $60,000 for the continued operation of two large-capacity cesspools at a Kailua-Kona apartment complex. It fined Hula Daddy Kona Coffee $13,200 for installing a new cesspool in Holualoa after the 2000 construction ban.