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Health Department Cites HC&S for Agricultural Burn Permit Violations

March 24, 2016, 10:41 AM HST
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Overcast conditions in Kahului, vantage toward the HC&S Puʻunēnē sugar mill. File photo by Wendy Osher, Nov. 25, 2015.

Overcast conditions in Kahului, vantage toward the HC&S Puʻunēnē sugar mill. File photo by Wendy Osher, Nov. 25, 2015.

The Hawaii State Department of Health Clean Air Branch has issued a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order against Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company.

HC&S operates a sugar cane refinery and plantation at Puunene on Maui, and was cited for agricultural burning permit violations that occurred in May, June and July of 2015.

The violations were self-reported and after a review of the reports a penalty of $8,300 was issued by DOH and paid by HC&S.

Copies of the Notice of Violation are posted at http://health.hawaii.gov/cab/

The DOH Clean Air Branch monitors air quality and regulates businesses that release pollutants into the air.

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The Branch reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections, and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality.

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Through the air permit process, the Branch ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public.

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