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Eatery, park sewer line fix costs $1.3M

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 9:15 p.m. HST, Nov 18, 2012

The landlord of a Kauai restaurant and the restaurant’s owner have paid more than $1.3 million to connect the establishment and nearby public beach park restrooms to a sewer line.

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler also paid a fine of more than $47,000 for using two large cesspools long after they were supposed to close, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

EPA officials commended owner Bob French for linking the Poipu Beach Park restrooms to the sewer at a cost of $500,000.

“We appreciate the initiative taken by Brennecke’s to provide beachgoers with improved wastewater treatment at the Poipu Beach Park,” Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator, said in a statement. 

EPA regulations required existing large cesspools to close in 2005. But French said it took years to obtain easements, conduct an environmental study and build a 1,200-foot line to a sewer pipe.

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