Waimanalo Gulch Landfill Hearing, Kapolei Hale, TODAY Monday, July 16th, 5pm

From: Ken Williams <ken@koolina.com>

Aloha,

For many years, our community has been fighting the expansion and continued operation of the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill. We again need your help and your voice to ensure our concerns are heard.

The City will be holding a public information hearing on the future of the landfill on Monday, July 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at Kapolei Hale Conference Room A.

The City hopes to keep the landfill open until it reaches capacity—potentially, another 15 or 20 years.   We’ve all suffered the negative effects of the landfill—noise, smells and flying litter. Last year, medical waste and other trash from the site overflowed into the ocean and contaminated our coastline.  Our beaches were closed for days, and the landfill’s operator was cited by the EPA for violations of the Clean Water Act.

The City has repeatedly promised to close this landfill.  The City has repeatedly broken its promises.  This public hearing is a good opportunity to remind City officials that we are opposed to the continued operation of Waimanalo Gulch.    To bring you up to date on current court and administrative proceedings regarding the landfill:

* In 2008, the City applied to continue using Waimanalo Gulch for all forms of waste. The Land Use Commission (LUC) approved the request but ordered the City to close the landfill to all municipal solid waste by July 31, 2012. The City appealed this closure deadline to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.  Earlier this year, the Court concluded that the LUC needed to provide further support for the closure deadline and sent back or remanded the matter to the LUC for further proceedings.

* While the Supreme Court case was pending, the City also applied to the Honolulu Planning Commission to eliminate the closure date and allow Waimanalo Gulch to remain open until it reaches capacity. We fought the City’s request in hearings before the Planning Commission that included opposition testimonies from many of our community members.  With their help, we’ve shown the Commission that (a) the Landfill can and should close to all forms of decomposing, odor-producing waste by the end of this year; (b) the City hasn’t been diligent in trying to find an alternative landfill site; and (c) the City hasn’t taken adequate precautions to protect the community.  The Planning Commission has not yet made a decision on the City’s request.

* We are asking the LUC to remand its proceeding to the Planning Commission so that the two applications may be consolidated for decision.  We also want the LUC to consider all testimony and evidence presented to the Planning Commission when making its decision.  As expected, the City opposes such a move as the public record does not support the continued operation of Waimanalo Gulch for all waste until it reaches capacity.   * Should the applications be consolidated, we will ask the Planning and Land Use Commissions to hold the City accountable by imposing closure and other remedial conditions on Waimanalo Gulch.  This nuisance has burdened our community far too long. Enough is enough.

I urge you to join us on Monday, July 16th at Kapolei Hale.

Mahalo for your time and support,

Ken Williams

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