Leeward residents push for illegal dumping fine increaseUPDATED 10:13 PM HST May 09, 2014Video Transcript
For years, illegal dumping has plagued Oahu's Leeward Coast. But after a recent brush fire and last year's stockpiling of sludge, residents have had enough. New tonight... KITV4's Andrew Pereira takes a look at several proposals that hope to stem the tide on illegal dumpers. Andrew? Paula, it could be the lay of the land, but the Leeward Coast has long been a magnet for illegal dumping and littering. This brush fire two weeks ago in Lualualei Valley exposed dozens of tires, car parts and industrial concrete. It took fire fighters several more hours to bring the fire under control because of the burning tires. Meanwhile in nearby Waianae Valley, sludge dredged from Hawaii Kai Marina last year remains on property owned by Sandra Silva of S-E-R Trucking. To date, Silva has been fined $21,450 for illegally grading 313 cubic yards of material... but so far she's only paid $150. Councilwoman Kymberly Pine has introduced three bills that would increase fines for illegal stockpiling and force those responsible to clean it up. We asked a group of Leeward Coast residents about this new focus on illegal dumping. "WE'RE SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, BUT WE NEED THE POLITICIANS TO KIND OF HELP US OUT HERE. AND WE NEED SOME OF THE LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY THERE TO HAVE SOME TEETH BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE LAWS BUT THERE'S NOBODY TO ENFORCE IT. SO THESE PEOPLE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS WHOLE... SYSTEM. YEAH." "I THINK WE'VE REALLY TAKEN FOREGRANTED OUR BEAUTIFUL LAND AND THE EMPTY LAND THAT'S OUT THERE AND WE REALLY NEED TO BE STEWARDS OF THE LAND AND PROTECT, ESPECIALLY THE VACANT LAND THAT IS BEING USED FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING." Pine's bills passed second reading Wednesday and now head to committee for further debate. Paula?