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Navy base fined for hazardous waste, used oil violations

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Hawaii's health department has cited the U.S. Navy for hazardous waste and used oil violations.

The state Department of Health said Tuesday it issued a violation notice with an $80,000 fine against the U.S. Navy Public Works Center Makalapa Compound in Pearl Harbor.

Health officials say the base yard compound violated the state's hazardous waste and used oil rules by disposing of corrosive waste and solvents in the trash instead of handling them as hazardous waste. Another violation involves storing hazardous waste paints and fuels in open containers.

The violations were discovered during a route inspection in August 2011.

Navy Region Hawaii spokeswoman Agnes Tauyan says the Navy has taken corrective action, provided refresher training, and increased internal reviews to ensure compliance.

The Navy has formally requested a hearing to contest the violation notice.






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