POSTED: 5:31 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 6:05 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Honolulu and the operator of the city's only landfill are agreeing to make changes that will reduce the risk of a fire breaking out at the Waianae coast site.
The EPA said in a statement today the steps agreed to in a settlement will protect the community from exposure to toxic gas.
Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. spokeswoman Lily Quiroa says the settlement calls for implementing enhanced monitoring of landfill gases. She says the company also has a contingency plan and will react quickly if those gases exceed certain levels.
Waste Management is also paying a $1.1 million fine.
The EPA says the settlement resolves allegations Waste Management and the city failed to design and build a landfill gas collection and control system.