STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2369

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2930

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2930 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the Department of Health to adopt rules for underground storage tanks, tank systems, and related piping that conform with recent revisions to federal regulations and include additional requirements for certain field-constructed underground storage tanks including compliance with certain requirements in chapter 11-281, Hawaii Administrative Rules, or successor rules.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Young Progressives Demanding Action; Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action; Gentlewave Bodywork Referral, Inc.; Ka Lāhui Hawaii Political Action Committee; and twenty individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the United States Navy and Department of Defense, Department of Health, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and one individual.

 

Your Committees find that the leakage of fuel from underground storage tanks is a matter of statewide concern. Fuel that leaks from storage tanks can contaminate groundwater that is used for human consumption and cause significant damage to the environment. Issues surrounding leaking fuel storage tanks are numerous and need to be adequately addressed for the health and safety of Hawaii's people and environment.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Extending the deadline from September 1, 2018, to October 13, 2018, for the Department of Health to adopt rules to conform Hawaii's underground storage tank and tank system rules with the July 15, 2015, revisions to federal regulations;

 

(2) Requiring the Department of Health to require via rules that:

 

(A) All field-constructed underground storage tanks with capacities greater than 50,000 gallons, regardless of installation date, be upgraded to secondary containment with interstitial monitoring by July 1 of an unspecified year, and be subject to certain permitting rules; and

 

(B) All onsite integral piping connected to any field-constructed storage tanks with capacities greater than 50,000 gallons, regardless of installation date, be upgraded to secondary containment with interstitial monitoring by July 1 of an unspecified year and be subject to certain permitting rules;

 

(3) Deleting language that would have required field-constructed underground storage tanks with capacities greater than 50,000 gallons and all onsite integral piping connected to such tanks to meet certain requirements prior to upgrading with secondary containment;

 

(4) Deleting language that would have prohibited field-constructed underground storage tanks from being installed on or after July 1, 2019, unless the storage tank and piping have secondary containment and comply with certain administrative rules; and

 

(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2930, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2930, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair

 

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MIKE GABBARD, Chair