By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - Maui County has reached a settlement with environmental groups over penalties for releasing partially treated wastewater into injection wells close to Lahaina's coast.
Earthjustice attorney David Henkin says the settlement filed in federal court in Honolulu on Thursday requires Maui County to come up with safer ways to dispose of wastewater at its Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility.
Under the settlement, Maui would pay a $100,000 penalty and invest $2.5 million on projects to divert and reuse treated wastewater. The county must also get a Clean Water Act permit for its injection wells.
Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in 2012 on behalf of organizations concerned about the wastewater killing coral.
Maui officials didn't immediately comment on the settlement.
The county is reserving its right to appeal previous rulings of Clean Water Act violations.