City Inspector To Examine Black Residue at Printing Plant

Tim O'Hanlon
Tim O'Hanlon

KANEOHE (KHNL) - A "Talk Story" call about black sidewalk residue in front of the Midweek printing plant leads to an investigation. It's a story we aired on KHNL Monday night.

It all started with a viewer's call. Tim O'Hanlon claims Midweek workers washed their printing press and let ink runoff flow into the sidewalk. Midweek says that's not true, adding they use biodegradable soy-based ink, and have a program to recycle old ink.

Today the City and County of Honolulu responds by sending an inspector to the site. He examines the black marks and interviews plant workers. O'Hanlon is pleased with the quick response, and hopes for the best.

"I hope it turns out to be that they aren't using any harmful chemicals, that the chemicals are biodegradable, that they're not hurting the aina or the residents in the area," said O'Hanlon.

The investigation has to go through several different departments. It may take at least a month before we know whether or not there are violations.

Possible fines could range from $1,000 to $25,000 per violation per day. But once again, the investigation is on-going and so far, Midweek has not been charged with any violations.