Hawaii fines Big Island $350K over landfills

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - State officials have fined Hawaii County $350,000 over permit violations at two landfills but the county is contesting the allegations and order.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday that the county's director of environmental management says she wants a hearing because many of the concerns have been addressed and there are a lot of allegations.

The Department of Health says an inspection last year found the county didn't cover solid waste and didn't monitor for methane gas along the perimeter of the Hilo landfill.

An inspection this year at a landfill in Puuanahulu found nearly 1,000 tons of scrap metal and appliances were stored without permits.

Bobby Jean Leithead Todd of Hawaii County says the solid waste issue was resolved with new tarps that were on order during the inspection.

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