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Friday, March 9, 2001

City worker fined
$7,500 for dumping
fry grease

Star-Bulletin staff

A Honolulu city employee must pay a $7,500 fine to the state for dumping unprocessed grease into Honouliuli Treatment Plant.

Steven R. Rosa served for about four years as an investigator with the city Wastewater Management Division, enforcing laws pertaining to clean water. He now is employed with the city Housing Department.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins sentenced Rosa on Wednesday and ordered him to pay the fine.

The state said that on March 30, 1999, Rosa, then an employee of HYL, a grease-processing plant, released unprocessed bulk fry oil and grease into the Honouliuli Treatment Plant. The grease and bulk fry oil had been collected from restaurants in the Makai Market of Ala Moana Center and from a Waikiki hotel, the state said.

Test results were said to reveal there was a much higher proportion of oil and grease in each liter of water than the law allows to be discharged into a treatment plant.

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