LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Department of Health Clean Air Branch issued fines to four companies last week for violating air permit regulations, including one on Kaua‘i.
Jas W. Glover, Ltd. in Puhi was fined $8,800 for exceeding matter permit limit on the asphalt batch plant, an Aug. 7 press release reports.
The company was initially cited for exceeding their particulate matter permit limit on the asphalt batch plant as well as a drum mixer/dryer exceeding its visible emission permit limit. The violations were self-reported.
According to a DOH spokesperson, during the reinspection, Glover corrected the violations and passed a second inspection.
The Clean Air Branch (CAB) protects the state by monitoring air quality and regulating businesses that release pollutants into the air.
Through the air permit process, the DOH ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public. The CAB reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections, and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality.
Tom’s Backhoe &Excavation Co., Inc, on Maui, was cited for late submittals of numerous written reports such as compliance certifications, annual emissions, and semi-annual reports. The violations discovered during an inspection and record reviews of their air permit. The company has paid a fine of $12,700.
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company at Camp on Maui, was cited for not conducting its 2017 and 2018 annual source performance tests on its 400 tons per hour Mobile Crushing Plant. The violations determined from an inspection and record reviews. A fine of $9,900 was issued.
Powerscreen of California was also cited for late submittals of numerous written reports such as compliance certifications, annual emissions, and semi-annual reports.
The violations were discovered during reviews of their two air permits and resulted in fines of $6,200 and $3,660. The company is currently negotiating a settlement with the DOH.