LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Four community groups are suing Maui County in federal court over alleged environmental violations at a Lahaina treatment plant.
The groups claim millions of gallons of wastewater injected into wells at the facility each day surface offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, killing coral and triggering outbreaks of invasive algae.
Earthjustice filed the complaint Monday.
The suit asks that the county be directed to secure a federal permit, which would set limits on pollutants that can be discharged from wells.
Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required the county to disinfect wastewater it discharges into deep underground porous rock at Lahaina. The agency required the county to install a non-chlorine disinfection system by 2013.
A county spokesman says corporation counsel attorneys have yet to receive the complaint.
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