$1.1 Million Fine for Toxic Gases at Waimanalo Gulch Landfill

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill

(The following article, “Oahu Landfill Operator Settles EPA Lawsuit Over Toxic Gases,” is from the Star-Advertiser/AP, 28 Feb. 2013. Tip received from Wai’anae resident Karen Young, who said, “Waste Management of HI (Waimanalo) and the City are being sued for not controlling the gas output from the dump, despite being warned etc. This is an important finding, as it endangers the life of the residents! It adds more fuel to the argument re no more landfills on the Leeward side. The fact that toxins seep into the water and into the land is bad enough, but to think that it is in the air as well is not to be tolerated!”)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Honolulu and the operator of the city’s only landfill are agreeing to make changes that will reduce the risk of a fire breaking out at the Waianae coast site.

The EPA said in a statement today the steps agreed to in a settlement will protect the community from exposure to toxic gas that is harmful to human health (more on the subject: Xarelto® Lawsuits | Get Information About The 2017 Settlements).

Waste Management of Hawaii Inc. spokeswoman Lily Quiroa says the settlement calls for implementing enhanced monitoring of landfill gases. She says the company also has a contingency plan and will react quickly if those gases exceed certain levels.

Waste Management is also paying a $1.1 million fine.

The EPA says the settlement resolves allegations Waste Management and the city failed to design and build a landfill gas collection and control system.

Civil Action Lawsuit: United States of America vs Waste Management of Hawaii Inc.

Employment Opportunit​y: Part- Time tutor needed for Makaha Elementary

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Hanabusa Votes to Support the Violence Against Women Act


Hawaii – Richard Rapoza – (808) 392-0780
DC – Ashley Nagaoka Boylan – (808) 238-1724


Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the House voted to approve the bipartisan, Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization after House Republicans failed to pass their dangerous substitute legislation.

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) voted in favor of the Senate bill and against the House GOP substitute.

“I am happy to vote in support of this version of the Violence Against Women Act, which received bipartisan support in the Senate, because it includes vital protections for all women,” said Hanabusa. “Excluding certain groups, whether it is members of the LGBT community, Native Americans, immigrants, or victims of human trafficking, violates the core principle that we stand in support of the safety and security of all American families. I only wish that we were allowed to vote on VAWA sooner.

“Women across America are the victims of violence every day, and it is only through our continued vigilance and commitment to action that we can break these cycles and provide the safe community that every woman deserves. Standing up for women is not a political act; it is a statement about our respect for human rights. I am proud to have cast this vote today.”

The House GOP substitute would have eliminated important provisions included in the Senate bill, such as domestic violence protections for LGBT victims, equal treatment of Indian and non-Indian offenders on tribal lands, and requiring colleges and universities to provide students with information about sexual assault in order to improve services for student victims. The amendment would have also removed the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides critical protections and services for victims of human trafficking.

A coalition of more than 1,300 organizations – including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Organization for Women, and the YWCA USA – opposed the House GOP substitute.

The House passed the Senate bill by a vote of 286-138. The measure now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

For video of Hanabusa’s floor speech on VAWA, click here: http://bit.ly/13qC1gP


(L-R) Maile, Colleen, Geanine, & Heather

(L-R) Maile, Colleen, Geanine, & Heather

A Big Happy Birthday to my Office Manager Colleen, and a Big Congratulations to my Legislative Aide/Community Liaison Geanine on her upcoming Wedding!!!

Tomra Recycling Hawaii reverse vending machine at the Hawaii State Capitol


The Tomra 42 looks like a vending machine, except that it collects empty aluminum cans and plastic beverage containers and spits out a voucher that can be redeemed for the value of the cans deposited.

The machine is located in the capitol parking garage.


Army rescheduling MMRP fieldwork on Waianae Coast


Aloha – We are contacting you to provide an update on the Army’s planned supplemental Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) fieldwork on the Waianae Coast, which you received an email about, Feb.12.

The Army is rescheduling the fieldwork to next fall during the wet season as a result of unforeseen contracting delays.

The fieldwork had originally been scheduled to take place Feb. 18-March 29, 2013, in portions of and an upper section of Kaena Point State Park, east of Keaw’aula Beach.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and will continue to keep you updated on the project.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 656-3158 or 656-3159.




Amy L. Bugala

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Public Affairs Chief, Community Relations

314 Sasaoka St.

BLDG 300, RM 105, WAAF

Schofield Barracks, HI 96857

p:808-656-3158 // f:808-656-3162


How are we doing? Comments are welcome at http://ice.disa.mil, under Pacific, Schofield Barracks, Information Management and then Public Affairs.

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