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Court strikes down Waimanalo Gulch landfill restriction

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:51 p.m. HST, May 04, 2012

star-advertiserAn advisory committee to help the city find a new landfill site must weigh dozens of possible choices. The Waimanalo Gulch landfill is slated to stop receiving municipal solid waste on July 31, 2012, though the city has appealed the deadline.

The Hawaii Supreme Court struck down today a restriction by the state Land Use Commission prohibiting the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill from accepting municipal solid wastes after July 31.

In a unanimous 5-0 decision, the high court ruled that the provision was not supported by the evidence.

The high court noted that the record reflects that there would be a continuing need beyond July 31 to dispose the wastes at the landfill, the only permitted public facility for municipal solid wastes.

The high court sent the case back to the commission to hold further proceedings consistent with today's ruling.

"No community wants a landfill in its back yard, but it's important to understand that our island will continue to need one for the foreseeable future to handle materials that can't be recycled, can't be turned into energy by the H-Power plant, or that result from a natural disaster," Mayor Peter Carlisle said in a statement this afternoon.

The decision comes at a time the city is considering a new landfill following the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Site Selection recently naming 11 possible sites.

But Tim Steinberger, director of the city Department of Environmental Services, has said the city feels it should continue to use the Waimanalo Gulch landfill, which has a lifespan of more than 15 years.

The city had been hoping that the high court would lift the July 31 restriction.

 







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loquaciousone wrote:
Shucks and I wanted to smell the Opala going by my house everyday to Kahuku.
on May 4,2012 | 01:44PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The kabuki continues...

Obviously the only solution is to extend the Waimanalo Gulch operation. All the rest is window dressing. Now we can dither for another decade about land fills as we keep on using the westside dump.


on May 4,2012 | 01:49PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
If the current landfill has more usefulness (15 years left), then why not keep using it? The City's position doesn't make sense. Yes, planning for the next step makes sense, but might as well keep using a product/service until it can no longer be used. Otherwise it's poho, a waste. (no pun intended).
on May 4,2012 | 01:50PM
lee1957 wrote:
It's not the city that wanted to close the landfil. It was Miss Hanabusa and the Ko'olina crowd using the power of the land use commission to close it down.
on May 4,2012 | 06:51PM
popaa wrote:
Why in hell have commissions and boards if only to have the courts reverse their decisions?
on May 4,2012 | 02:15PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Same reason you have a reverse gear on your car. Uhhh now where was I going with this......
on May 4,2012 | 03:26PM
RTH wrote:
Ship it offshore now unless you want a giant dump of an island. Oahu will be "dump-city Hawaii" in a few decades. We are going to have to start doing this anyway at some point, so do it now. Why don't you treat it and use it for insulation in new buildings. Green is green. Pretty soon...soylent green will be here.
on May 4,2012 | 03:14PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
The last city administration had a plan to ship the trash to Washington State, but it fell through. We should explore shipping it to Mexico, Columbia, Peru or Chile. They might want to pay us for it.
on May 4,2012 | 04:06PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ship it to Japan and say we found this stuff washed up on the shore and think it's theirs.
on May 4,2012 | 04:21PM
SteveToo wrote:
That's a neat idea. But I think they are to smart to believe that story.
on May 4,2012 | 05:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I guess it wouldn't help if we stamped it "Made in Fukuoka," eh?
on May 4,2012 | 05:53PM
poidragon wrote:
stamp it made in 'Hawaii' and sell it to the japanese as trinkets....................
on May 4,2012 | 06:12PM
Changalang wrote:
Taaa Dah !
on May 4,2012 | 03:33PM
frontman wrote:
Well..................need look no further, problem solved for another ten years.
on May 4,2012 | 05:11PM
SteveToo wrote:
It's the only place that makes sense.
on May 4,2012 | 05:41PM
poidragon wrote:
Nothing has changed, the city is still charged with opening a new land fill and closing Waimanalo gulch eventually! The city administration has had a very long time to get this problem solved and continues to pass the buck on it; sooner or later it will have to been done and the longer it takes the more it will cost!
on May 4,2012 | 06:13PM
lee1957 wrote:
The point is its not a problem, and won't be for another five years minimum.
on May 4,2012 | 06:54PM
poidragon wrote:
Nothing has changed, the city is still charged with opening a new land fill and closing Waimanalo gulch eventually! The city administration has had a very long time to get this problem solved and continues to pass the buck on it; sooner or later it will have to been done and the longer it takes the more it will cost!
on May 4,2012 | 06:14PM
localguy wrote:
Once again the Nei looks like a little 4th world country, the LUC totally clueless how to make a decision to make it right. Time to clean house and hire people who can do the job. So tired of all these examples of willful bureaucrat failures. Then again, this is what they do.
on May 4,2012 | 09:02PM
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