Amfac fined$67,000for wasteviolations

KEKAHA — Amfac/JMB Hawaii, parent company of Amfac Sugar Kauai, will pay a

state Department of Health (DOH) fine of over $67,000 for hazardous waste

violations at the company’s former Kekaha Sugar operation.

Earlier this

year, while state DOH Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch officials conducted

routine inspections of various operations on the island,

Amfac Sugar

workers discovered a 1,000-gallon tank and several

unlabeled 55-gallon

drums which contained creosote.

Creosote is a suspected cancer-causing

agent, regulated hazardous waste and termite inhibitor used over a decade ago

when Amfac ran a ranching operation here, said Jim Boersma, Amfac

spokesman.

Amfac Sugar workers reported the finding to the DOH, which in

turn issued a complaint and order for violations of the state’s hazardous waste

rules.

Specifically, the DOH contends, Amfac/JMB Hawaii stored hazardous

waste

without a permit, and failed to determine that hazardous waste was on

the

former Kekaha Sugar site at the herbicide mixing plant.

Jeff

Ashmore, new president of Amfac Agribusiness, which oversees Amfac

Sugar

Kaua’i’s operations, confirmed that Amfac intended to pay the fine.

Boersma

said Brewer Environmental Industries LLC cleaned up and disposed of the

creosote, and, he said, soil in and around the building tested negative for

the presence of any pollutants.

Ashmore said earlier that he has launched a

thorough review of environmental conditions at Amfac Sugar and the Pioneer Mill

operation on Maui.

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