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News Release: Councilmember Urges City Department to Deny Sludge Permit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

Councilmember Urges City Department to Deny Sludge Permit

(HONOLULU) — City Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine today sent a letter to the Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting – George I. Atta – requesting the Department deny future permit applications to dump sludge from the Hawaii Kai Marina on the Leeward Coast, and investigate reports of landowners or tenants using agriculture-zoned land for industrial work and/or waste disposal.

“It’s simply unacceptable for commercial enterprises and individuals to continue to use the Leeward Coast as their dumping ground. There is absolutely no justification for these violations, which is why I will be introducing measures to strengthen the penalties for these egregious acts,” Councilmember Pine said.

Councilmember Pine is working closely with the community to come up with solutions to stop illegal dumping along the Waianae Coast. One solution is to charge higher fees for grading and dumping violations. “Improper waste dumping and grading must stop immediately, and those responsible must be held accountable. My proposals will provide the Department of Planning and Permitting with the tools to pressure commercial enterprises and individuals to end these practices,” Councilmember Pine continued.

Councilmember Pine represents residents of District One (Ewa, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau, Makua) and chairs the Intergovernmental Affairs and Human Services Committee.

Full text of the letter below:

September 10, 2013

Mr. George I. Atta, FAICP, LEED AP, CEI, Director
Department of Planning and Permitting
City and County of Honolulu
650 South King Street, 7th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Director Atta,

I am writing to strongly urge your department to deny any permits relating to the dumping of sludge from the Hawaii Kai Marina along the Leeward Coast.

Many of my constituents have approached my office concerned with surface water runoff and possible contamination of our streams and near shore waters.

Large quantities of material such as sludge from the dredging of the Hawaii Kai Marina should be tested per load prior to any permitted disposal.

I also request the Department of Planning and Permitting’s assistance in investigating whether some landowners or tenants of land zoned as AG-1 or AG-2 agriculture, are engaging in non-permitted uses under the provisions of Chapter 21, Revised Ordinances of Honolulu. We are in receipt of reports of industrial work and/or waste disposal being conducted on these parcels.

Together we have an opportunity to partner to prevent future illegal dumping from occurring along the Leeward Coast.

Mahalo for your continued service to the people of the City and County of Honolulu. Please contact me at 768-5001 if you would like to discuss this matter in further detail.

Sincerely,

Kymberly Marcos Pine
Councilmember, District 1

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