New Environmental Management director balks at Alii Drive sewer plan

Hawaii County residents who have expressed concern that Mayor Mitch Roth would push a pro-development agenda when he took office may have been reassured last week when his Environmental Management director — who still awaits council confirmation — delayed what seemed a formality accepting a sewer line because he thinks it could be a public health hazard.

Roth, in campaign promises, vowed to “reduce government red tape and work to streamline the permit process” within his first 100 days in office. But at least one in his Cabinet isn’t going to sacrifice health and safety.

New Environmental Management director balks at Alii Drive sewer plan

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