Big Island geothermal plant cited by EPA

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A geothermal plant on the Big Island has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for 14 violations, accused of failing to properly maintain and monitor its operations.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that 10 of the violations had already been corrected as of 2010.

A spokesman for the geothermal plant says the company disagrees with the EPA's findings but can't comment more specifically before directly responding.

The EPA said a letter to Puna Geothermal Venture last month that the plant had failed to take some necessary steps to prevent releases, but generally operated the facility well.

The agency says the plant doesn't always follow its schedules for maintaining and testing its geothermal wells.

Spokesman Mike Kaleikini says the plant strives to go above and beyond regulatory requirements.

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