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City Leaders Hold Meetings on Proposed Wastewater Plan

Eric Takamura Eric Takamura

(KHNL) - The city of Honolulu  held the second of two public meetings Wednesday on a proposed plan that would continue to allow the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant to provide partial secondary treatment of its wastewater.

All that depends on the city successfully petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to renew its permit.

That would allow the plant to partially treat its wastewater before it enters the ocean.

Back in March of this year, the E.P.A. denied the city's permit.

City officials say they can't afford to upgrade the facility. 

For now, they say, they're trying to focus on making sure things work properly in every stage.

"The reason we think the collection system is a priority is that we have over 318 miles of our 1400 miles of sewers 50 years or older and there's 27 miles that are about 100 years old," says Environmental Services Director, Eric Takamura.

The E.P.A. says they're also expected to tentatively deny the Sand Island Treatment plant its permit.

City officials say they hope to continue the waiver for both facilities.

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