Hawaii Health Department Cites Companies for Air Permit and Pollution Violations

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch has issued Notices of Violations and Orders against CTS Earthmoving, Inc., Resort Construction Managers, Inc., and R.H.S. Lee, Inc., for air permit and pollution violations.

The DOH Clean Air Branch issues air permits and conducts complaint investigations to minimize air pollution impacts on the public.  Through the permit and complaint investigation process, the DOH ensures continuing compliance with applicable state and federal emission standards.  In general, penalties are assessed on violators to remove any economic benefit they may have gained from their noncompliance and put them in a worse situation than those who comply with the law.  Parties have the right to request a hearing to contest DOH orders.

The following companies were cited:

  • 1.  CTS Earthmoving Inc., for failing to conduct a 2009 performance test on the 357 TPH crushing and screening plant.  CTS Earthmoving, Inc. has a mobile crushing and screening plant that can be moved throughout the state.  The violation was discovered on June 15, 2010 during a record review; a penalty of $5,700 has been paid for the violation.
  • 2.  Resort Construction Managers, Inc., for not taking reasonable precautions to prevent visible fugitive dust from becoming airborne at the Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach construction site located at 2251 Kapili Road, Koloa, Kauai.  The fugitive dust violations occurred on March 17 and 18, 2010 and a penalty of $10,100.00 has been imposed.  Resort Construction Managers, Inc. has requested a hearing for this case.
  • 3.  R.H.S. Lee, Inc., for exceeding its visible emission permit limit of 15% by emitting 22% opacity for a six minute average on its mobile crusher.  The violation was noted during an annual inspection conducted on March 29, 2010 at Macomb Road/Radar Hill construction site in Fort Shafter, Oahu.  The opacity violation has a penalty of $5,000.00 and R.H.S. Lee, Inc. has requested a hearing for this case.

Submitted by Jill Stensrud, Clean Air Branch, DOH

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