DOH cites Lihu‘e company for permit violations

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i State Department of Health Clean Air Branch issued a violation notice naming a Lihu‘e business for air permit violations, a Health Department news release issued March 12 states.

The agency cited Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring for permit violations at its mobile crushing plant located in Lihu‘e. A penalty of $11,600 was issued to the facility, and a consent order is being negotiated.

“The violations were discovered during an inspection in April 2010,” said Jill Stensrud of the DOH Clean Air Branch. “It took a long time to issue the notice because the agency is backlogged with files. There were many violations, but they have since complied and the fine will be reduced.”

Of the eight Hawai‘i companies listed by the department, Pacific was the only one located on Kaua‘i and was assessed the second-largest penalty.

A Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring representative said, “It was mainly a paperwork thing.”

The violation notice, dated Oct. 27, 2011, lists nine violations, including failures to maintain a water truck necessary to minimize fugitive dust, to install/operate/maintain a water pressure gauge or flow meter, to conduct/record various monthly observations and to obtain approval from the Health Department before changing locations from Princeville to a Lihu‘e baseyard.

Through the air permit process, DOH ensures companies comply with state and federal emissions standards to minimize air pollution effects on the public.

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