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CITY TO HOLD TWO COMMUNITY MEETINGS
ON WASTEWATER TREATMENT
The meetings are being held to provide the public with a factual overview of Oahu’s wastewater treatment system, dispel misconceptions, and explain why the City is asking that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continue to allow the City’s Honouliuli and
Mayor Hannemann said, “To upgrade these two plants to full secondary treatment, the City will need to expend an estimated $1.2 billion for construction at the facilities. This expense doesn’t include the increased cost to operate and maintain the expanded plants nor does it include the additional energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of secondary treatment. These expenses are unnecessary at this time. Our first priority must be to work with EPA officials to address far more pressing needs to improve our collection system—the 1,400 miles of underground mains that carry wastewater to our treatment plants. It is the condition of our collection system that poses a risk to public health and that is where we must focus our efforts.
“The EPA informed
The EPA has extended the public comment period on the denial for Honouliuli’s waiver to August 27. All concerned residents are encouraged to attend the meetings.
|Wednesday, August 08, 2007|