Thursday, April 19, 2001

Health Department
deals some heavy fines

Hazardous waste citations
delivered to 2 companies

Star-Bulletin staff

The state Department of Health has cited two Hawaii companies for hazardous waste violations.

Marisco Ltd., a shipyard, faces a $132,000 fine for violations at Barbers Point Harbor Kapolei.

The Department of Health said hazardous waste paints, solvents and about 12 tons of sandblast grit contaminated with lead were illegally stored and improperly handled at the site.

Marisco officials did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment yesterday.

The Department of Health also cited Philips Services Hawaii Ltd. for violations of the state's used oil rules at its facilities on Oahu and Hawaii.

Philips Services, a cleaning company that provides services for industrial plants, has a permit to process and transmit used oil on Oahu.

The company was cited for improper handling of used oil at its Oahu facility. Philips' Hawaii plant was cited for transporting used oil without a permit.

Philips Services faces a fine of $70,000.

Mike Choy, a project manager at Philips Services, said the company is in negotiations with the Health Department regarding the complaint and he could not comment on specifics.

"We are hoping to bring this whole matter to closure within the next two to three weeks," he said.

The Health Department also ordered both companies to comply with state hazardous waste rules. The companies have 20 days to reply.

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