DOH Cites DHHL For Hazardous Waste Violations

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Community News, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Land Management Division, News Releases, Public Information, Public Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

VIRGINIA PRESSLER, MD
DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2015                                                                                      15-019

 

HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CITES DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) for violations of the hazardous waste and used oil regulations. DHHL has been ordered to clean up abandoned hazardous wastes and used oils found at the former Kalaeloa Raceway Park (KRP), an operation that was part of SORT (Save Our Raceway Track), LLC.  DHHL leased the property to SORT, LLC., but subsequently evicted them. The former KRP location is on Coral Sea Road in Kalaeloa.

After receiving complaints about the former raceway track site, DOH conducted an onsite inspection on Oct. 14, 2014 and documented hazardous wastes and used oil releases on the property.

As a major landowner and lessor in Hawaii, DHHL will be required to properly dispose of remaining hazardous wastes and conduct a site characterization of the property for contaminants associated with the automotive and race track operations to determine the magnitude of contamination and risks that it presents to human health and the environment. Upon completion of the site characterization, DHHL must submit a corrective action plan that meets the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory cleanup requirements. No monetary penalties have been imposed for the violations.  DHHL has requested a hearing to contest the NOVO.

The Hazardous Waste Section of the Department of Health regulates the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste in Hawaii. The program protects Hawaii lands from pollutants that endanger people and the environment and insures environmentally sound and cost-effective management of all hazardous waste generated within the state.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Steven Chang
Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
Phone: 586-4226
Email: steven.chang@doh.hawaii.gov

Janice Okubo
Communications Office
Phone: 586-4445
Email: janice.okubo@doh.hawaii.gov