Tesoro among 16 companies cited for air permit, pollution violations

$79,000 in penalties imposed

Published  10:42 AM HST Jan 24, 2013

The Hawaii State Department of Health Clean Air Branch has issued Notices of Violations and Orders against 16 companies for air permit and pollution violations.

The companies were cited between April and November 2012 for violations that occurred between March 2011 and May 2012.

The violations were either self-reported or discovered during an inspection or records review by the DOH.

A total of $79,700 in penalties was imposed.  To date, $63,700 in fines has been paid, with the balance of penalties under negotiation or pending payment.

The DOH Clean Air Branch says it protects the people and environment of Hawaii by monitoring air quality and regulating businesses that release pollutants into the air.

The CAB reviews and approves air permits, evaluates and enforces state and federal air standards, conducts inspections, and investigates reported incidents related to outdoor air quality.  Through the air permit process, the DOH ensures companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public.

Many of the companies cited have already paid monetary fines for their violations, and several companies are currently negotiating a consent order for their fine.  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.

All fines are paid into a revolving special fund used to prevent or minimize damage to the environment.  Parties have the right to request a hearing to contest DOH orders.

The following companies were cited:

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