EPA issues large capacity cesspool fines in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's fining three Big Island entities for their use of large capacity cesspools.

A large capacity cesspool discharges untreated sewage from buildings serving 20 or more people per day.

EPA regulations required existing large cesspools to close in 2005 and prohibited new construction after April 2000. The rules don't apply to single-family homes with individual cesspools.

The EPA said Wednesday it's penalizing GLACS LLC $68,000 for operating ten of the cesspools at Kailua-Kona office buildings. It fined the Jazmin Family Trust $60,000 for the continued operation of two large capacity cesspools at a Kailua-Kona apartment complex.

It fined Hula Daddy Kona Coffee more than $13,000 for installing a new cesspool in Holualoa after the 2000 construction ban.

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