Amfac faces $67,000 in finesfor hazardous waste violations

KEKAHA — Amfac/JMB Hawai’i faces penalties of over $67,000 for hazardous waste

violations at the company’s former Kekaha Sugar operation.

Earlier this

year, state Department of Health officials discovered a 1,000-gallon tank

two-thirds full of creosote at the Kekaha Sugar herbicide mixing plant, and

cited Amfac/JMB Hawai’i for storage of hazardous waste without a permit and

failure to determine that hazardous waste was on the site.

Several other

unlabeled 55-gallon drums were also found at the site, the DOH

reported.

Creosote, a known carcinogen and a regulated hazardous waste, was

used at the plant as part of its wood-preserving operation. One Amfac Sugar

Kaua’i worker said the operation had not been used for over 20 years.

The

DOH filed a complaint and order against Amfac/JMB Hawai’i (Kekaha Sugar

Company, Limited) for the violations of the state’s hazardous waste rules.

The company has 20 days to respond to the order. Company officials were

unavailable for comment yesterday.

In addition to paying the penalty,

Amfac/JMB Hawai’i has been ordered to clean up the site and comply with state

hazardous waste rules for the cited violations.

Addressing this hazardous

waste violation will be part of a number of major cleanup efforts Amfac/JMB

Hawai’i is presently undertaking at Kekaha Sugar and other plantation sites on

Kaua’i and Maui, the DOH stated.

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