Hearing on illegal Hawaii Kai sludge dumping scheduled for Waianae residents

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At a special meeting of the Waianae Neighborhood Board, community and government watchdog Carroll Cox will present information about the recent dumping of sludge from the Hawaii Kai Marina unto a Waianae property. Sandra Silva, owner of SER Equipment, transported the sludge and deposited it on her property which is zoned for agricultural use. A notice of violation was issued to this trucking company owner following the investigation of an accidental sludge spill on the H-1 freeway on August 31. It was discovered that Silva lacked a proper grading permit, a second violation in recent years. Silva has been directed by the City Department of Planning and Permitting to cease dumping the dredging material on her property.

Representatives from the American Marine Association, the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association, and SER Trucking, Inc. will be present.  There will be discussion regarding the suitability of using agricultural land for an industrial business. In addition, concerns will be aired about the safety of the chemical makeup of the sludge, its effect on neighboring property and residents, and the possibility of  it polluting nearby streams. The Waianae Neighborhood Board invites people to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013,  at Waianae District Park in the Multi-Purpose Room, 85-601 Farrington Highway, 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

You may call the Neighborhood Commission Office at 768-3710 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. for further information.

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