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Oahu landfill operator settles EPA lawsuit over toxic gases

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:05 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.

Civil Action Lawsuit: United States of America vs Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. by staradvertiser

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Pocho wrote:
Close the landfill. Enough landfills for the WestSide
on February 28,2013 | 05:06PM
SteveToo wrote:
Close the dump and the city will have to stop collecting your garbage. Den what you gonna dump your junk along Wai`anae Valley Road? Gotta put it someplace.
on February 28,2013 | 07:59PM
honokai wrote:
Last I check --- it was full.
on February 28,2013 | 11:13PM
64hoo wrote:
well the EPA got 1.1million dollars from the fine I guess we can cut some of the taxpayers money who pay taxes to the state, that gives money to the EPA.
on March 1,2013 | 12:16AM
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