POSTED: 02:29 p.m. HST, May 28, 2012
WAIMEA >> A major hydropower project on Hawaii island will not be going ahead, despite Gov. Neil Abercrombie's assurances that the $1 million plant in Waimea would be built.
State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Janelle Saneishi said a recent feasibility study showed the project's costs outweighed its benefits, so the department decided against it.
West Hawaii Today reported that the plant was meant to be part of a larger watershed protection project for the interior region, in the heart of Hawaii's ranching industry.
Abercrombie announced last week that his office had released $1 million for the hydropower plant, which would have tied into the local irrigation system.
A spokeswoman for Abercrombie could not immediately say what would happen to the unused funds.