STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1616

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    H.C.R. No. 97

       H.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Energy and Environment, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 97, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ASSURE THAT ANY SUBSTANTIAL LAND DISCHARGE OF WASTEWATER, OCCURRING BY INJECTION WELL OR OTHER MEANS, IS IN ALL CASES, ADEQUATELY REVIEWED AND PERMITTED,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to request that the Department of Health:

 

     (1)  Assure that any substantial land discharge of domestic wastewater, occurring by injection well or other means, is adequately reviewed and permitted; and

 

     (2)  Adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to include seepage ponds and seepage pits in the review and permit process, or to consider prohibiting seepage ponds and seepage pits altogether.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health and Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter.

 

     Your Committee finds that the Department of Health administers the underground injection control program to regulate the disposal of wastewater.  However, current wastewater treatment plant methods of wastewater disposal are not limited to underground injection wells.  Some wastewater treatment plants use different discharge methods, including seepage ponds, land discharge, and seepage pits, that result in plumes of unpermitted and unregulated wastewater being discharged into the environment.  Assuring that any substantial land discharge of domestic wastewater, occurring by injection well or other means, is adequately reviewed and permitted will better protect nearshore waters and the environment.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy and Environment that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 97, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Health.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy and Environment,

 

 

 

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MIKE GABBARD, Chair