Sludge becomes a messy problem in Hawaii Kai

Sludge becomes a messy problem in Hawaii Kai
Published: Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 14, 2013 at 6:39 AM HST
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HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The sludge pile by the side of the Kalanianaole Highway in Hawaii Kai isn't going anywhere any time soon.

The Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association released a statement today in response to the sludge pile, and the controversial dumping of it on the Leeward coast.

It reads:

"In recent weeks there has been discussion in the community and in the media regarding the Hawaii Kai Marina's maintenance dredging project, and in particular where the dredged material is being transported to by the construction contractor for final placement. The Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association understands the public's interest in ensuring that the construction activities and final placement location for the dredged material meet all federal, state and local regulatory and environmental compliance requirements, and we take the public's concerns and our environmental stewardship very seriously.

The Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association has made every effort to comply with all applicable regulations and permit requirements throughout the planning design and construction process. We have coordinated closely with federal, state and local agency representatives for many years in developing and designing a project that allows us to maintain our marina while minimizing potential impacts to the environment, and complying with agency requirements. Our Contractor and we are currently working closely with the agencies to address recent concerns about the final placement of dredged material and to ensure that the Contractor's work is in compliance with regulatory and permit requirements. Our Contractor has voluntarily halted all dredged material transport and placement activities until we can properly address any concerns that appropriate regulatory agencies may have regarding this matter."

In the meantime, District One Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine is broadening her fight against illegal dumping in her district.

"We are taking responsibility and action--from this point on, to let everyone know if you're going to be coming to our district, we're going to be watching you" she said.

In addition to halting the previous dumping, Pine is expanding her efforts.

"I've also asked the DPP to look at all areas on the coastline that is designated as Ag land, and see if those lands are being used properly" she added.

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