Dole Food Co. Inc. has agreed to pay a fine for failing to close two large-capacity cesspools at a private beach park in Waialua on Oahu’s North Shore.
Under the terms of a
settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dole will pay a $145,000 fine for violating the federal Safe Drinking
Dole also closed the two cesspools at Puuiki Beach Park in February and replaced them with septic
The 9-acre park, which has a caretaker residence, beach pavilion and ballpark pavilion, is solely used by Dole employees for company gatherings and recreational activities.
Large-capacity cesspools have been banned in the U.S. since 2005 because they discharge waterborne pollutants like untreated raw sewage into the ground where pathogens can potentially contaminate groundwater and coastal resources.