Wendy Osher is reporting via MauiNow that a settlement is near with the parties in the clean water complaint on the Lahaina Sewage Injection wells.
A trial that was scheduled to get underway this week has been moved to Nov. 17, 2015 to allow parties time to finalize and approve the settlement, said David Henkin, Staff Attorney Earthjustice.
In January, a federal court ruled that illegal discharge of wastewater had occurred in violation of the federal Clean Water Act, affecting offshore waters at the popular Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui.
Read more at MauiNow.com
Here’s a wrap up of previous actions:
January 26, 2015 | Press Release
All injection wells at Lahaina wastewater facility pollute offshore waters
January 26, 2015 | Legal Document
Second decision finding that Maui County is illegally discharging wastewater from a water treatment facility
June 11, 2014 | Blog Post
County subject to millions in penalties for illegal discharges from Lahaina injection wells
June 2, 2014 | Press Release
On Friday, May 30, 2014, the federal district court in Honolulu ruled that Maui County is violating the Clean Water Act by using injection wells to illegally discharge wastewater from a water treatment facility.
July 25, 2013 | Press Release
County’s sewage injections traced to West Maui coastal waters
July 23, 2013 | Case
Four Hawai?i community groups, represented by Earthjustice, have filed suit under the federal Clean Water Act to stop Maui County from discharging wastewater into the ocean from its Lahaina treatment plant without a permit. Millions of gallons of wastewater injected into wells at the facility each day surface offshore of popular Kahekili Beach Park in West Maui, killing the coral reef and triggering outbreaks of invasive algae.
April 16, 2012 | Legal Document
This complaint alleges violations under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also known as the Clean Water Act, caused by the discharge into the waters of West Maui of wastewater from injection wells operated by defendant County of Maui at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility without the required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
April 16, 2012 | Press Release
Lahaina injection wells foul Kahekili Beach Park, killing coral and triggering algal blooms
June 29, 2011 | Press Release
Groups cite Clean Water Act violations at Lahaina treatment plant
June 28, 2011 | Legal Document
Notice of Intent to Bring Civil Suit for Violations of the Federal Clean Water Act