Four companies in Maui County have been cited by the state Department of Health's Clean Air Branch for air permit and pollution violations. The violations were either self-reported or discovered during inspections or by a review of records by the Health Department, a news release said Thursday.
The following companies were cited for the following violations:
* Maui Landscape Specialty Inc. dba Hawaiian Charcoal Co., located in the old Waikapu landfill, for submitting its semiannual reports late on 10 (3.3 tons/batch) charcoal kilns. The violation was discovered during a Health Department records review and a penalty of $2,600 has been issued. The company has requested a hearing on this case.
* Lili Laundry Inc. dba. Alii Linen Services in Kahului for submitting its semiannual report on a 100 horsepower Superior Mohawk boiler late. The violation was discovered during a Health Department records review. A $2,000 penalty has been paid.
* Monsanto Co. in Kaunakakai for causing or permitting visible fugitive dust to become airborne without taking reasonable precautions. Monsanto operates seed corn farms, and the violations were investigated after dust complaints were received by the Health Department. A penalty of $3,400 has been issued. Monsanto has requested a hearing on this case.
* Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. in Puunene for causing or permitting visible fugitive dust to become airborne without taking reasonable precautions and agricultural burning permit violations. Violations were discovered after dust complaints were received. A penalty of $9,300 has been paid.
Four companies on Oahu were cited along with one in Kona.
In general, penalties are assessed on violators to remove any economic benefit they may have gained from their noncompliance and put them in a worse situation than those who comply with the law. All fines are paid into a revolving special fund used to prevent or minimize damage to the environment, the news release said.
The Clean Air Branch reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality. Through the air permit process, the Health Department ensures that companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public, the news release said.