Hawaii appeals court affirms dump expansion plan

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii appeals court has affirmed Honolulu's plans to expand a dump, trumping a challenge to the city's environmental impact statement.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says she is considering appealing again to the Hawaii Supreme Court. Hanabusa challenged the plans for Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary landfill while she was a state senator representing Waianae.

The landfill is Oahu's only municipal and solid-waste dump. Hanabusa has said she wants the dump closed or relocated.

Hanabusa says the environmental impact statement filed by the city covered less than half the 200 acres the city planned to use for the dump. The state Land Use Commission approved a permit request for the plans in 2009.

The intermediate court ruled last week that the project was properly described.

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