EPA fines Crouching Lion Restaurant

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined the former owners of the Crouching Lion Inn $42,000 for failing to close large capacity cesspools at its Kaaawa restaurant.

Alexis Strauss, director of the EPA's water division for the Pacific Southwest region, says closing large capacity cesspools is a continuing focus to protect drinking water sources.

"Over three years have passed since large cesspools needed to be closed," said Strauss.  "EPA will continue to pursue violators and assess penaltiies as warranted."

A large capacity cesspool discharges untreated sewage into the ground, which results in disease-causing pathogens and other contaminants, polluting groundwater, streams and oceans.