Sen. Shimabukuro Strongly Opposed to Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci and Landowner

[Copy of email sent on 17 Oct. 2014 by Sen. Shimabukuro to Paul Kalaiwaa, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch, State of Hawaii Department of Health. See earlier post, Plan to Dispose of Fireworks in Wai’anae.]

Paul Kalaiwaa
Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
State of Hawaii Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard Room 212
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814

Re: Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci, Inc. (operator) and Robert Hoohuli (landowner)

Dear Mr. Kalaiwaa,

I am writing to voice my strong opposition to the permit request above. I have received a number of negative responses from constituents who feel it is not appropriate to discharge dangerous fireworks from the same batch which resulted in tragic deaths for disposal on the Waianae Coast.

I understand that the intent is that there would be at least one day per month, once the permit is issued, when approximately 900 devices (out of an estimated total of 5,400 devices) would be set off in a manner consistent with “normal” use of these aerial fireworks. I also understand that it would take approximately 6 months (at one day per month) to dispose of all the devices.

Due to residents’ concerns regarding the health and safety implications of fireworks disposal on the Waianae Coast, I urge the Department of Health to reconsider its tentative decision to issue the emergency permit.

Mahalo for your consideration,
~Maile 349-3075

Aloha ,

Senator Maile Shimabukuro
District 21
(Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)
State Capitol, Room 222
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
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OMPO Meeting 10/20/14: Makaha Beach Bypass Feasibility Study

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We are asking for your help concerning the proposed Makaha Beach Bypass initiative or Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study.

The Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study is a project to evaluate the potential impacts, costs, benefits, and feasibility of realigning Farrington Highway mauka of the Makaha Beach Park. This project was proposed by OahuMPO Policy Committee in 2013.

The project was pegged with an estimated cost of $394,586. 80% Federal, 20% Local (state/city) and tentatively planned to begin in 2015.

On Monday [10/20/14], OMPO (Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization) will be holding a meeting at the State Capitol. One of the items on the agenda for this meeting is to de-prioritize this project and push it back to 2016-2017. (See attached pdf – ‘Revision 1’ for details.) This delay will also increase the cost of the study.

We hope that you will be able to join us at the meeting on Monday to testify for the immediate need and against the delay of this study.

As required for everyone giving an oral testimony, a written documentation for your testimony must be submitted.

Please refer to the attached document ‘OMPO meeting agenda’ for details on the meeting and requirements for testimony. There is a three(3) minute time limit per person.

Everyone who plans to testify must register before the beginning of the meeting, either by phone (587-2015) or in person before the meeting begins. The agenda item to register for is ‘FYs 2015-2016 Overall Work Program Revision 1’.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We hope to see you on Monday.

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UH Alumni Fall 2014 Career Fair 10/21/14

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The Mānoa Career Center invites alumni to the Fall 2014 Career Fair on Tuesday, October 21, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom.

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Island Salads Opens in Wai’anae

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Locally owned and operated Island Salads recently opened next to Sun Sushi in Wai’anae. Island Salads features salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, smoothies, homemade ice cream sandwiches and other gourmet items. Check them out!

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Plan to Dispose of Fireworks in Wai’anae

Update 10/17/14: See Sen. Shimabukuro Strongly Opposed to Emergency Permit Request for Treatment and Storage of Waste Fireworks from Grucci and Landowner

[Note 10/15/14: Senator Shimabukuro's office is looking into this proposal.]

From the Star-Advertiser 10/15/14
Fireworks disposal in Waianae proposed
The devices are part of the cache involved in the blast that killed five men in Waikele
By Leila Fujimori

A professional fireworks display company is seeking an emergency permit from the Department of Health to dispose of 5,400 pyrotechnic devices that remain inside the same Wai­kele storage bunker where five men were killed in 2011 after a fireworks explosion and fire.

Grucci Inc. is proposing to place the devices, or “cakes,” in tubes and fire them off once every month for six months in equal increments at a Wai­anae chicken farm, where the company has performed similar firings before, said Steven Chang, the Health Department’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch chief.

That amounts to 900 firework devices or six to seven pallets at each disposal event.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has been storing the confiscated fireworks — remnants from the April 2011 explosion in the storage bunker — as evidence in a case or cases where they had been illegally shipped to Hono­lulu, Chang said. Once they are no longer needed as evidence by the Treasury Department, they are marked for hazardous waste disposal, he said.

Chang said a commercial license is required to fire them off, and they are similar to the fireworks set off at large displays in Wai­kiki.

“We’re not looking at this as a fireworks event,” Chang said.

The Treasury Department contacted Grucci, which employs experts in handling fireworks, to see what the best way to dispose of them would be, he said.

Grucci’s advice: “The best way is to set them off as they are intended to be set off,” Chang said.

Grucci will need to obtain permits from both the Health Department and the Hono­lulu Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau before proceeding.

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who represents the Wai­anae area, objects to setting off fireworks in an agricultural area and is still gathering information on the proposal.

“I am really tired of people dumping things in my distract that they don’t want, especially dangerous fireworks,” she said. “It just seems like an inappropriate place to be disposing of dangerous materials.”

“It’s not part of the Land Use Ordinance to blow up fireworks on a chicken farm,” she said.

She said some of the surrounding farms have livestock, which are particularly sensitive to loud noises, and the fireworks disposal can have a negative impact on animals.

Pine also said residents received little notification about the proposal except a public notice placed in the legal ads section of Tuesday’s Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser.

The notice says Grucci and landowner Robert Hoo­huli are seeking a 90-day permit for treatment and storage of waste fireworks at 87-879 Paa­kea Road, and it will allow for ignition of the fireworks.

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Kumon Math & Reading Center – Nanakuli H.S.

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Gege Kawelo Memorial Golf Tournament 10/24/14 – Register by 10/15/14

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