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.
year, while state DOH Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch officials conducted
routine inspections of various operations on the island,
workers discovered a 1,000-gallon tank and several
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
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
Specifically, the DOH contends, Amfac/JMB Hawaii stored hazardous
without a permit, and failed to determine that hazardous waste was on
former Kekaha Sugar site at the herbicide mixing plant.
Ashmore, new president of Amfac Agribusiness, which oversees Amfac
Kaua’i’s operations, confirmed that Amfac intended to pay the fine.
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.