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Maui wells violate federal law, court rules

By Timothy Hurley

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 03, 2014

~~<p>A federal judge in Hono&shy;lulu has ruled that Maui County's use of injection wells at its Lahaina sewage treatment plant violates the federal Clean Water Act, setting up the county for potential fines reaching into the millions of dollars.</p>
<p>Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway on Friday concluded that most of the 3 million to 5 million gallons of treated waste water the county injects into the wells each day flows underground and into the near-shore waters off Kahe&shy;kili Beach Park in West Maui where it affects &quot;the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ocean water.&quot;</p>
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A federal judge in Hono­lulu has ruled that Maui County's use of injection wells at its Lahaina sewage treatment plant violates the federal Clean Water Act, setting up the county for potential fines reaching into the millions of dollars.

Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway on Friday concluded that most of the 3 million to 5 million gallons of treated waste water the county injects into the wells each day flows underground and into the near-shore waters off Kahe­kili Beach Park in West Maui where it affects "the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ocean water." Login for more...



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