Owners of plant site ask to be removed from lien

PEPEEKEO, Hawaii (AP) - Owners of the site of an electrical power plant under construction are asking a judge to dismiss them from a $35 million lien filed by the former contractor.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that an attorney for Maukaloa Farms LLC argues the landowner isn't responsible for unpaid bills of its lessee.

Hawaiian Dredging claims lessee Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC owes $35 million in unpaid construction bills. The bioenergy company has a new contractor.

Hu Honua attorney Blake Bushnell says the company supports dismissing the landowner from the lien.

Lawyers for both the contractor and the landowner disagree over a clause in the energy company's lease and whether it required that a power plant be built.

If built, the plant would plant to generate nearly 22 megawatts of electricity.

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