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EPA reaches agreement with Kamehameha Schools to conduct cesspool audits

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Kamehameha Schools (KS) announced a landmark agreement in which KS will audit over 3,000 properties spanning more than 365,000 acres to identify and close large-capacity cesspools (LCCs).

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Hawaii to receive EPA funds for beach water quality monitoring

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing more than $300,000 to the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to support beach water quality monitoring and information-sharing throughout the state. “This funding allows the state of Hawaii to monitor beach water quality and make the results more easily available to the public,” said EPA Pacific Southwest […]

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EPA installing air monitoring equipment at Kapoho Verizon Tower location. Photo courtesy of EPA

EPA monitoring emissions from volcanic fissures in Puna

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region continues to support efforts to analyze public health threats from volcanic gas emissions, including managing technical data and enhancing multi-agency air monitoring of the emissions. EPA’s work is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) federal response to the Kilauea volcanic eruption on Hawaii Island.

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An EPA employee installs a S02 air monitoring meter in Hawaii. Photo Credit: James T. Ciszewski, Hawaii Department of Health

EPA installing air monitoring equipment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region has deployed emergency responders and air monitoring equipment as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s federal response to the Kilauea volcanic eruption on Hawaii Island.

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EPA requires County of Hawaii to close large cesspools in Pahala and Naalehu

Thursday (June 22) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with the County of Hawaii to close seven large capacity cesspools (LCCs) that serve the Pahala and Naalehu communities. The County will replace the cesspools with wastewater treatment systems approved by the Hawaii Department of Health.

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Public invited to comment on order of consent for large capacity cesspools in Pahala and Naalehu

The public is invited to comment on a proposed Administrative Order of Consent (AOC) mandating that the County of Hawai’i close large capacity community cesspools in Pahala and Na’alehu.

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Puna Geothermal Venture pays penalty due to EPA violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Puna Geothermal Venture for Clean Air Act chemical safety violations at its geothermal energy plant in the Puna area of the Island of Hawaii. After an EPA inspection, the facility has now complied with the rules designed to minimize accidental chemical releases. The company has […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Regional Overall Achievement award as part of its efforts to encourage federal departments to reduce their environmental footprints through sustainable practices.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is EPA Green Challenge winner

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Regional Overall Achievement award as part of its efforts to encourage federal departments to reduce their environmental footprints through sustainable practices.

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EPA issues 2013 toxic release inventory data

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report that showed that the majority of toxic chemicals managed at industrial facilities in the U.S. were not released into the environment. Nationally in 2013, approximately 84 percent of the 26 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were managed through the use […]

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Costco to pay $335,000 in penalties for Clean Air Act violations

Costco Wholesale Corporation, one of the nation’s largest retailers, has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases from leaking refrigeration equipment at more than half of its stores nationwide.

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Children’s Defense Fund ‘Mauka to Makai’ awarded $200,000

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $200,000 to the Children’s Defense Fund for their “Mauka to Makai” project designed to improve environmental education in their summer learning centers and partner schools on the Big Island. The “Mauka to Makai” (Mountain to Sea) project will incorporate environmental themes […]

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New pesticide labels better protect bees, other pollinators

MEDIA RELEASE In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect […]

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Residents urge governor, EPA to clean up geothermal

MEDIA RELEASE A group of Big Island residents have sent a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the EPA asking them to begin a more comprehensive analysis of geothermal pollution before allowing more plants to be installed in Hawaii. Despite well-publicized claims that Hawaii’s geothermal energy resources are clean and safe, a pattern of hazardous […]

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HVNP among EPA Green Award honorees

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had announced it has selected the U.S. Postal Service and Housing and Urban Development as award winners, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with an honorable mention in the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Program. “EPA is pleased to recognize the U.S. Postal Service, Housing and Urban Development, and […]

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