Black, Oily Residue Concerns A Kaneohe Man

Tim O'Hanlon
Tim O'Hanlon

KANEOHE (KHNL) - It cranks out close to half a million copies a week. Midweek Printing Incorporated publishes Midweek magazine and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. But a Kaneohe man accuses the company of being irresponsible.

"That's where I saw it, coming right down the hill there, running off here," said Tim O'Hanlon, a Kaneohe resident who lives next to the printing plant.

He pointed to black residue on the sidewalk in front of the Midweek printing plant. O'Hanlon said during the past year, he's seen ink running down the plant's driveway.

"So I walked up there and I saw the guys actually washing down the presses," he said. "I asked them what they were doing."

He said he spoke to a supervisor, who assured him the problem would be taken care of.

"Since that time, periodically I've noticed these oil patches on the ground, on the street," O'Hanlon said.

But the plant manager said it's not Midweek's mess.

"I have no idea what that is," said Gus Tonnellier, Midweek's plant manager. "Like I said I've only been here a year and a half, so I don't know."

He added the company uses biodegradable ink.

"Sulphur is a canola-based ink," said Tonnellier. "It's not oil based. All the colors and the black are the same."

"If it's true, it makes me feel a lot better," said O'Hanlon. "It makes me happy that I called you guys."

But still O'Hanlon wants an independent entity to verify all this.

"I think there should be an environmental impact statement about that," he said. "Is it hurting the aina? Is it not hurting the aina? You know I want to find out for sure."

KHNL News 8 is checking as well, and we'll let you know what we find.