$710,000 in civil penalties for ship repair facility

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department of Health of Hawaii stated today their settlement with the company of Marisco Ltd. including civil penalties of US$710,000 for water pollution control violations at its vessel repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Oahu. This is the biggest Clean Water Act civil penalty inculcated on a vessel repair facility nationwide.
The settlement, a consent decree, was lodged with the US District Court for the District of Hawaii and is subject to a thirty-day public comment period and court approval.
"Vessel repair facilities need have pollution controls in place in order to protect the precious coastal waters and coral reefs of Hawaii," stated the Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest for EPA, Jared Blumenfeld. "Our activity is going to help enhancing Oahu's water quality by having Marisco Ltd. redesign its operations to comply with federal law."
"Our team is committed to guarding the quality of Clean Water of Hawaii's waters," told the Deputy Director, Environmental Health Administration, Hawaii State Department of Health, Gary Gill. "We all work hand-in-hand with the Environmental Protection Agency to perform the tough field work necessary to keep Hawaii's people safe and the island environment from pollution."
The complaint of Environmental Protection Agency against Marisco Ltd. finds that the company failed to implement water pollution controls required by its Clean Water Act discharge permit at its basic vessel repair facility and at its separate 3.500 metric ton "Lil' Perris" floating drydock. During an inspection in 2008, EPA and Hawaii DOH observed storage of leaking equipment, workers washing down work regions directly into the harbor, and sandblast material from Marisco's operations discharged into the harbor.
The actions of EPA and District of Hawaii are going to ensure that Marisco's discharges meet the Clean Water Act permission effluent limits, particularly for copper and zinc. Marisco Ltd. has to treat and dispose the water used for washing the drydock in accordance with federal, state and local laws and ordinances. These measures must result in the reduction of about 295 pounds per year of copper, 94 pounds per year of zinc, 14 pounds of solids and 8 pounds of oil and grease to the harbor waters.