DOH Cites Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. for Wastewater Effluent Violations

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) issued a Notice of Violation and
Order against the Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. (ML&P) for 15 wastewater effluent
violations from the Hāli‘imaile waste stabilization ponds on Maui. The company has been
ordered to pay a penalty of $230,000 and construct a new wastewater treatment plant.
The Hāli‘imaile wastewater treatment plant is comprised of two unlined waste stabilization
ponds and three disposal leach fields. The plant serves approximately 173 single-family homes
in Hāli‘imaile town, the Hāli‘imaile General Store and Maui Pines Baseyard.
“The treatment plant has been unable to comply with state requirements that prevent serious
damage to our environment and protect our coastal waters and drinking water,” said Sina
Pruder, chief of the Wastewater Branch of DOH. “The department will continue to work with
Maui Land & Pineapple to develop alternative wastewater treatment options to serve the
community without compromising our precious natural resources.”
On April 14, 2016, DOH conducted an operation and maintenance (O&M) inspection of the
Hāli‘imaile waste stabilization ponds and an informal notice of violation was issued to ML&P for
12 effluent violations occurring from May 2015 to February 2016. At that time, ML&P was
ordered to correct the violations and no fines or penalties were imposed. DOH conducted
another O&M inspection on June 26, 2018 and found the wastewater treatment plant continued
to have effluent exceedances from June 2017 to May 2018 with 15 violations.
ML&P may request a hearing to contest their alleged violations and penalties.
The Hawai‘i Department of Health protects public health and the environment by administering
statewide environmental monitoring, management, and enforcement activities. The
department’s Wastewater Branch administers statewide engineering functions relating to water
pollution control, individual, municipal and private wastewater treatment programs as well as the
water pollution control revolving fund.

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