MauiNow Reports Lahaina Waste Water Near Settlement

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.


Here’s a wrap up of previous actions:


January 26, 2015 | Legal Document

Maui Wastewater Decision 1-23-15

Second decision finding that Maui County is illegally discharging wastewater from a water treatment facility

July 23, 2013 | Case

Suing to Stop Illegal Sewage Discharges in Maui

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

Lahaina Injection Wells: Complaint

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.