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16 Hawaii Companies Cited by Clean Air Branch
January 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (2) · Maui News
 

A total of nearly $80,000 in penalties was imposed, the largest of which was $25,000, assessed against Hawaiian Electric Light Company in part for exceeding the ammonia emission limit. The violation was self reported.


Organizers Karen Chun and Kevin Jackson look over the 8,730 signatures on petitions requesting the end of cane burning in front of the State Building, Wailuku, Maui.  Photo courtesy Jackie Peterson.
Anti-Cane Burning Petition Includes 8,730 Signatures
September 26th, 2012 · 29 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (14) · Featured, Maui News
 

A group that is seeking to end the burning of sugar cane on Maui delivered petitions with more than 8,700 signatures to the State Department of Health on Tuesday.


Maui sugar cane, photo by Wendy Osher.
HC&S Explains Air Permit Violation
April 11th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (3) · Maui News
 

A “malicious fire” at an HC&S field in Kahului last year led to the early harvest of sugar cane in the area, and a subsequent air permit violation. “These circumstances led to confusion about the remaining cane in field 716 and resulted in 25 acres of field 716 being burned when HC&S completed the harvest in November 2011, rather than in 2012,” said Volner.


Beach fire left unattended at Olowalu, file photo by Wendy Osher
New Rules Prohibit Backyard Burning of Household Trash
April 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (1) · Featured, Maui News
 

According to Capt. Haake, the Fire Prevention receives about one call per month in regards to people wanting to burn yard waste and trash; but numerous calls per month in regards to people complaining about smoke issues from such fires.


Puunene, photo by Wendy Osher.
Maui Company Cited for Air Permit Violations
March 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (4) · Maui News
 

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Clean Air Branch has issued Notices of Violations and Orders against eight companies for air permit violations—two of them were from Maui County.


Air Quality Worsens During 2010 New Year Celebration
Air Quality Worsens During 2010 New Year Celebration
January 8th, 2010 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Light and variable winds are to blame for an drop in air quality on New Year’s day.  The air particulates exceeded the federal 24-hour standard at several monitoring locations. The Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch monitored air quality at five stations located at Honolulu, Sand Island, Pearl City, Kapolei, and Kihei on Maui.  Three […]


Hazy Skies and Light Winds Expected During New Year Celebration
Hazy Skies and Light Winds Expected During New Year Celebration
December 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s (DOH) Clean Air Branch will be monitoring Hawai’i’s air quality during New Year’s and comparing it with national ambient air quality standards. Health officials say the heavy use of fireworks during the annual holiday celebration can significantly increase the amount of particulates in the air, especially on Oahu. The […]


HAWAII’S NEW YEAR’S AIR QUALITY BETTER THAN EXPECTED
HAWAII’S NEW YEAR’S AIR QUALITY BETTER THAN EXPECTED
January 9th, 2009 · Comments Off · Maui News
 

Hawaii’s air quality on New Year’s Eve was better than expected according to a report released by the state Department of Health. The highest concentration of particulate matter was recorded at Pearl City. All other locations monitored including Kihei on Maui recorded levels lower or equal to last year’s New Year’s celebration. The state’s Clean […]