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16 Hawaii Companies Cited by Clean Air Branch

File photo by Wendy Osher. [1]

File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Sixteen Hawai’i companies were cited for air permit and pollution violations by the state Department of Health, Clean Air Branch.

The violations were either self-reported or discovered during record inspection by the DOH between March 2011 and May 2012.

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.

To date, DOH officials say $63,700 in fines has been paid, with the balance of penalties under negotiation or pending payment.

The Clean Air Branch is tasked with reviewing and approving air permits, evaluating and enforcing state and federal air standards, conducting inspections, and investigating reported incidents related to outdoor air quality.

Through the air permit process, the DOH ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public.

All fines are paid into a revolving special fund used to prevent or minimize damage to the environment.

The following is a list provided by the Department of Health of the companies that were cited and the alleged violations: