STAND. COM. REP. NO. 176________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1142
                                     H.D. 1




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, to
which was referred H.B. No. 1142 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to:

     (1)  Place certification of cesspool pumping firms with the
          Department of Health;

     (2)  Subject knowing violations of rules regarding spills
          and dumping to criminal penalties; 

     (3)  Allow officials of the Department of Health to obtain
          search warrants for criminal violations;

     (4)  Provide consistent penalties for wastewater and sludge
          spills and dumping; and

     (5)  Make explicit the Department of Health's authority to
          deal with recycled water.

     Testimony in support of this measure was received from a
representative of the Department of Health.  Representatives of
the Waimanalo Citizens for a Healthy Future and Hilltop
Equestrian Centre submitted comments on the measure to your
Committee.


 
 
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     Your Committee finds that this measure will strengthen the
authority of the Department of Health to deal effectively with
wastewater environmental concerns.

     In order to make more explicit the Department of Health's
authority to deal with recycled water, your Committee has amended
this measure by:

     (1)  Including the phrase "recycled water" in the sections
          on permits, inspections, emergency orders and
          recordkeeping;

     (2)  Replacing the term "reclaimed water" with "recycled
          water"; and

     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for
          purposes of style and clarity.
  
     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection that is attached
to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 1142, as amended herein, and recommends that
it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No.
1142, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and
Hawaiian Affairs.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Energy and
                                   Environmental Protection,



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                                   HERMINA M. MORITA, Chair