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Hilo compost facility faces opposition from residents

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Native Hawaiian communities on the Big Island plan to fight back against a planned $10.5 million composting facility adjacent to the Hilo landfill.

West Hawaii Today reports residents in Keaukaha and Panaewa are seeking a more in-depth study of the project's potential environmental impacts. They oppose a draft environmental assessment that has found that the project will have no significant impact.

The county is looking to begin construction in April, with plans to have the composting facility in operation by 2018. The project is meant to help the county close the Hilo landfill and recycle more of its waste.

A comment period on the composting site has been reopened and extended through Dec. 12, following pushback from residents.

The Keaukaha-Panaewa Farmers Association says some residents may take their protests to court.

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