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State fines 9 companies for air permit, pollution violations

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:55 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2013



Nine island companies have been fined by the state Health Department for air permit and pollution violations.

The companies cited:

» Frank Coluccio Construction Company for failing to conduct a test for its 265 tons per hour Komatsu mobile crusher. The violation was discovered during an annual inspection. A penalty of $1,900 has been paid.

» Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for submitting late emission reports. Kaiser has a permit for two 200 BHP Miura boilers. A penalty of $2,300 has been paid.

» E.M. Rivera and Sons, Inc., located in Kona, for various air permit violations discovered during an annual inspection. Rivera operates 1,005, 730 and 505 tons per hour portable crushing plants and a consent order is being drafted for these violations. Other violations discovered at another 800 tons per hour portable crushing plant will be incorporated into the consent decree.

» Maui Landscape Specialty, located in old Waikapu landfill on Maui, for submitting late its semi-annual reports on 10 (3.3 tons/batch) charcoal kilns. The violation was discovered during a records review and a penalty of $2,600 has been issued. 

» Alii Linen Services, Kahului, for submitting late its semi-annual report on the 100 horsepower Superior Mohawk boiler. A penalty of $2,000 has been paid.

» Grace Pacific Corporation for exceeding its rolling 12-month limit on the 900 and 725 kW diesel engine generator’s operating hours. GPC operates the 334 tons per hour asphalt plant, and a penalty of $2,800 has been paid.

» Monsanto Company, located in Kaunakai, for causing or permitting dust to become airborne without taking reasonable precautions. Monsanto operates seed corn farms, and the violations were investigated after dust complaints. A penalty of $3,400 has been issued, and Monsanto has requested a hearing on this case.

» Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Company, located in Puunene, Maui, for causing or permitting dust to become airborne without taking reasonable precautions and agricultural burning permit violations. Violations were discovered after dust complaints were received and records review of their permit. HC&S operates a 36,000-acre sugar cane farm. A penalty of $9,300 has been paid.

» Island Topsoil for late submittals of the 2010 and 2011 annual emission reports. The company operates 20 and 40 ton per hour screens and the violations were discovered during a records review. A penalty of $1,400 has been paid.






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