EPA Weighs In On Maui Sewage Case

By Steve Holmes In an amicus brief filed in the Federal Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, EPA lawyers supported the decision by Judge Susan Mollway. Maui County appealed after losing to community groups including Sierra Club. In the brief, the EPA agreed that point source pollutants entering groundwater that is hydrologically connected to the ocean fall under the … Read moreEPA Weighs In On Maui Sewage Case

Garage Sale

Moku Loa Group will hold a garage sale, tentatively set for Sunday, December 6 at Maku’u Farmers Market just past Ainaloa Subdivision on the way to Pahoa town. Contact Jim Buck, treasurer, for details, volunteering, and donations. Email: mohojimmy@gmail.com.

Hawaii County Goes Green with Biodiesel

By Steve Holmes Using recycled vegetable oil and grease trap waste, Pacific Biodiesel has partnered with Hawaii County to use a 20% blend for its fleet vehicles including the Hele-On buses. With a new refinery in Keaau, Pacific Biodiesel will help create local jobs. Biodiesel reduces fleet maintenance costs through increased lubricity and improves air … Read moreHawaii County Goes Green with Biodiesel

Supreme Court Deliberates Mauna Kea Issues

By Debbie Ward During the August 27 oral arguments regarding the Conservation District Use Permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope, justices rebuked DLNR for approving construction prior to holding a contested case hearing, and they questioned the board’s reasoning that the additional “incremental” damage could be mitigated, given that the FEIS found that “past construction … Read moreSupreme Court Deliberates Mauna Kea Issues

CHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

Chapter Conservation Chairs Debbie Ward and Lucienne DeNaie are soliciting interest in a statewide conservation committee for Issues that cross island boundaries, such as DLNR mammal hunting rules, and more. Envision/propose legislative action that have multi- island impacts, such as invasive sp, GMO labeling Taking initiative on statewide policy issues, such as  land use,  agriculture … Read moreCHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Sought for Multiple Use

by Deborah Ward While the Army proposes to expand the Pohakuoa Training Area into highly sensitive cultural resource and native plant habitat for the Stryker brigade, and plans to train hundreds of helicopter pilots in high-elevation simulations in endangered palila, petrel, and `io habitat within the ceded lands designated Conservation District, the BLNR  has issued … Read moreMauna Kea and Mauna Loa Sought for Multiple Use