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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:29 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2006

State issues $2.8 million fine over landfill

By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer

The state Health Department has issued a nearly $2.8 million fine against the city and the private company that operates O'ahu's only municipal landfill for a series of environmental permit violations.

The city and Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. are being cited for exceeding the height limits, excessive leaching and failing to cover the solid waste on a daily basis at the Waimanalo Gulch landfill on the Wai'anae Coast, state officials said.

"These are serious violations that warrant a large penalty," said deputy state health director Laurence Lau.

City Environmental Services Director Eric Takamura said the private company that runs the landfill will pay the fines.

"These violations are operational deficiencies for which Waste Management of Hawaii Inc., is taking full responsibility," Takamura said. "The city will not be paying any of the penalties for these violations."

Lau said the violation notice lists 18 types of violations over a two-year period.