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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 19, 2001

Two companies accused of violating waste rules

Advertiser Staff

The state Department of Health has cited two companies for alleged violations of state hazardous waste rules.

Marisco Ltd. is accused of violating hazardous waste rules at its Barbers Point Harbor facility.

The health department said Marisco illegally stored and improperly handled hazardous waste paints, solvents and sandblast grit contaminated with lead.

The company stored about 12 tons of the sandblast grit contaminated with lead, the department said. Lead is considered a severe health hazard and can contaminate ground water when released into the environment.

Marisco also was cited for operating a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit. The company faces a $132,400 fine.

The Health Department yesterday also filed a complaint against Philip Services Hawaii Ltd. for alleged violations of the state's used oil rules at its facilities on O'ahu and the Big Island.

Philip Services, which has a permit to process and transport used oil on O'ahu, was cited in failing to have secondary containment and failing to properly label containers and tanks.

The Big Island facility was cited in transporting used oil without a permit.

Philip Services faces a $70,000 fine.

Both companies have 20 days to respond to the allegations.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Philip Services by another name.