Maui County ends water plant study dispute

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui County is invalidating the environmental study for a plant that would treat water diverted from central Maui streams.

The move is part of a legal settlement Tuesday between the county and community groups Hui o Na Wai Eha and Maui Tomorrow. They sued the county last month, saying the environmental study for the plant failed to examine the impact it would have on streams the water was diverted from.

The proposed Waiale Water Treatment Facility would process 9 million gallons of water diverted daily by Alexander & Baldwin subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar. A&B Properties Vice President Grant Chun says the company has cooperated with the county since the inception of the plant proposal and will continue to do so.

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