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October 29, 2020

Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani to Welcome Guests Back on Nov. 1

Fairmont Kea Lani will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 1 as part of the Hawaiʻi's Safe Travels Program and will implement new operational standards to prevent the spread of viruses and pathogens, including COVID-19.
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October 14, 2020

EPA Requires Lanai Oil Co. To Protect Hawaiian Waterways from Oil Spills in Proposed Settlement

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a proposed settlement with Lanai Oil Company, Inc. for Clean Water Act violations at its facility on Lanaʻi Island. Under the agreement, Lanai Oil is required to pay a penalty of $71,166.
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October 28, 2019

EPA Awards Nearly $500,000 to Help Reduce Diesel Emissions in Hawai‘i

The funds will be combined with $316,494 in Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement funds and $2,511,239 in fleet cost-share to retrofit and replace old, polluting municipal diesel vehicles.
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August 08, 2019

Hirono Joins Colleagues, Call on EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos

Earlier this week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaiʻi), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and 13 of their U.S. Senate colleagues sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reconsider the decision not to ban chlorpyrifos.
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July 02, 2019

Lawsuit Aims Force EPA to Issue Asbestos Rule

A group of Attorney Generals filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency for failure to initiate rulemaking to help regulate asbestos.
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March 14, 2019

Schatz Introduces Legislation to Protect Public Science

Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Paul Tonko introduced a new legislation called the Scientific Integrity Act, which aims to prevent political and special interests from influencing public scientific research and reports. According to Schatz’s communications director, this issue is a longstanding concern that has taken on a newfound urgency under President Trump. Schatz said the... Read more »
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December 31, 2018

Suzuki Challenges Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks

Hawaiʻi Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki joined a coalition of 29 states and local governments in challenging the Trump Administration's proposed rollbacks of environmental protections.
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December 27, 2018

Schatz Introduces Legislation to Protect Children From Pesticide

US Senator Brian Schatz introduced a bill last Monday to ban chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide that is particularly harmful to children. The bill, called the Prohibit Chlorpyrifos Poisoning Students Act, would take Hawai‘i’s state ban to the national level, banning the use of the chemical near schools in 2019 and banning its sale and distribution... Read more »
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November 20, 2018

EPA Grant for Clean Air Projects in Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health plans to use the grant to replace two diesel transit buses with fully battery-powered electric vehicles.
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November 09, 2018

EPA Closes 10 Illegal Cesspools in Hawai‘i

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement actions this year in Hawai‘i led to closures of 10 large-capacity cesspools and over $640,000 in fines.
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October 15, 2018

EPA Awards Environmental Grants to Hawai‘i Organizations

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded several environmental education grants to Hawai‘i organizations. 
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October 05, 2018

Kamehameha Schools to Close Cesspools on 3,000 Properties

Kamehameha Schools made an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency to audit over 3,000 properties to close large-capacity cesspools or LCCs.  
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June 27, 2018

U.S. EPA Awards Hawai‘i Funds for Beach Monitoring

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing more than $300,000 to the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) to support beach water quality monitoring and information sharing throughout the state.
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May 23, 2018

Petition Seeks US Ban on Chemicals in Sunscreen

The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration today to ban two  chemicals from sunscreens and other personal care products that they say are killing precious coral and damaging reefs.
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May 18, 2018

EPA Supports Air Monitoring During Kīlauea Volcano Eruption

The US EPA has deployed emergency responders and air monitoring equipment as part of FEMA’s response to the Kīlauea volcanic eruption on Hawaiʻi Island.
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