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Marisco fined $710,000 for pollution violations at Kalaeloa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:32 p.m. HST, Mar 28, 2013

Ship-repair company Marisco Ltd. will pay penalties of $710,000 — the largest Clean Water Act civil penalty against a ship repair facility nationwide — as part of a settlement with the federal and state governments regarding violations at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, officials announced today.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health announcement said Marico was cited for violations of water pollution controls at its ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor.

The settlement was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval.

An EPA complaint against Marisco said the company failed to use water pollution controls required by its Clean Water Act discharge permit at its main ship repair facility and at its separate 3,500 metric ton “Lil’ Perris” floating drydock.

During a 2008 inspection, state Department of Health inspectors observed storage of leaking equipment, workers washing down work areas directly into the harbor, and sandblast material from Marisco’s operations discharged into the harbor, a news release said.

The settlement requires Marisco to use clean water to wash the drydock after paint removal and sandblasting, collect the water used for washing and treat it to ensure that it is not discharged when the drydock is lowered into the harbor.

Marisco must treat and dispose of the water used for washing the drydock following federal, state and local laws and ordinances. These steps should result in the reduction of about 295 pounds of copper, 94 pounds of zinc, 14 pounds of solids and 8 pounds of oil and grease discharged into harbor waters each year, the release said.

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serious wrote:
Sure makes sense to me when I look at the Ala Wai yacht basin owned by the State of Hawaii--it's a sewer! If it were privately owned the State would have fines galore. Now, I complain, but like a lot of bloggers, there is a solution. If you go to any yacht basin in third world counties---Mexico is a good example--they have people with row boats and nets keeping the place clean. Simple-retired people at minimum wage. But in Hawaii, I am sure the Unions would not allow it. We have a tourist economy--we have a sewer basin and next to the Convention Center a homeless camp. Who the heck is in charge???
on March 28,2013 | 01:24PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Serious, actually if you volunteer I'm sure you will get a pat on the back for your service! The State has an abundance of retirees who can volunteer instead of negative blogging. Yes, you can make a difference!
on March 28,2013 | 07:12PM
lynnh wrote:
That's a laugh! I have been part of groups trying to volunteer to do clean up work in harbors and in bays. We tried to address invasive plants, trash and what not. We were turned away. Would you like to know why? The state said they had to do an environmental impact assessment. Un f@#$ing believable! A impact assessment to clean up environmental pollution. Coconut Island is a prime example. The island's coast is being destroyed by invasive mangrove, but we are not allowed to remove it without an assessment. Totally beyond government bull$hit!
on March 28,2013 | 09:52PM
Waterman2 wrote:
There is something really strange going on here. I have been in commercial boats all my life, am now near 70 years old. Of all dry-docks I've been to all over the US, the Marisco and associated Phonicia boat yards are the cleanest, most concerned in keeping pollutants under control. By comparison the Keehi Dry-dock near Sand Island the worst in Us at least to my knowledge. Yet Marisco is fined and Keehi not. Who is getting the payoff ? Because payoff can be the only reason for this blatant mis use of power.
on March 28,2013 | 03:35PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Another example of dumping on the West Side. The moneys should be used for beach improvements from Koolina to Makaha.
on March 28,2013 | 07:15PM
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