The county’s use of injection wells at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in West Maui violates the federal Clean Water Act according to a federal district court ruling on Friday, the environmental law firm Earthjustice announced.
The groups allege that wastewater or sewage from the treatment facility is injected into the wells, and then flows via groundwater through the subsurface into near-shore Maui ocean waters.
The negotiated order was approved by the county in July. It requires the installation of a non-chlorine disinfection system at the facility by the end of December 2013.
The County of Maui must fully disinfect all wastewater at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility under a proposed compliance order issued by the EPA.
The Environmental Protection Agency joins state and federal agencies this week in launching an investigation to track suspected pollution from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation facility.
County authorities say they are actively working with the EPA and DOH to ensure compliance with laws at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility.
Maui community groups, represented by Earthjustice, plan to sue the County of Maui claiming ongoing violations of the Clean Water Act at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility.
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