Maui County Council Committee votes on injection well lawsuit
KAHULUI, Hawaii - Maui County could be moving away from using injection wells for wastewater treatment. A Maui County Council Committee voted to settle a case on the issue, rather than go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Environmental groups sued the county for using injection wells at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility. Environmentalists say the wastewater damages reefs and pollutes water.
Maui state Representative Angus McKelvey says he applauds the move, and adds that the agreement would also reimburse the groups' litigation costs.
Mayor Michael Victorino says he's disappointed the committee did not consider his settlement proposal, but didn't give details, saying it was for a closed executive session. He did say this would severely affect Maui's housing market and the county's recycled water program, and force some people to convert their cesspools sooner.
The resolution now moves to the full council for a vote.