Dairy expels 3.5 million gallons of storm and waste water

Dairy expels 3.5 million gallons of storm and waste water
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OOKALA, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii dairy has discharged millions of gallons of stormwater and wastewater as part of a scheduled closure plan.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday that Big Island Dairy informed the state Department of Health before releasing 3.5 million gallons (about 13,249 cubic meters) at its facility in Ookala April 15-17.

A health department official says the controlled release was estimated to be 85-90% stormwater.

The official says the dairy also conducted required cleaning and waste removal.

Dairy owners Steve and Derek Whitesides said in November they would discontinue dairy and milk processing operations on the land leased from the state.

The dairy and the health department entered an agreement in March addressing numerous discharges of wastewater containing manure into state waters during the past two years.

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