Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: S.B. No. 1557

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


     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred S.B.
No. 1557 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to permit visual monitoring only
of storm water runoff by motor carriers that are required to be
monitored by statute.

     Your Committee finds that motor carriers are currently
required to undergo laboratory analysis of storm water runoff to
monitor pollution discharge, resulting in a time burden and a
substantial expense.  Your Committee further finds that the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that motor
carrier operations do not pollute storm water sufficiently to
warrant laboratory analysis of its contents.

     This bill proposes to permit the monitoring of storm water
runoff from motor carriers or private carriers of property by
visual observation of color, odor, turbidity, floating solids,
foam, oil, sheen, and other obvious indicators of storm water
pollution, with no laboratory tests required.  The proposed bill
for storm water runoff monitoring would bring Hawaii in
conformity with the practice in most other states, and with EPA
requirements, applying visual monitoring, rather than laboratory
analysis, of water samples.

                                 STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1318
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     Testimonies in support of this bill were received from the
Hawaii Transportation Association and American Trucking

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No.
1557 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred
to the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation,

                                   KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair