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Notice #: 03510073
Public Notices

DOCKET NO. 06 – V W W – 18

Pursuant to H.R.S. §342D-7(i), Hawaii Revised Statutes, the State Department of Health (DOH) seeks written comments from interested persons regarding the following. Equilion Enterprises, dba Shell Oil Products of Carson, California, has applied for a five (5) year variance from Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Section 11-62-03 Definitions which states “Individual wastewater system means a facility which is designed to receive and dispose of no more than 1000 gallons per day of domestic wastewater. Individual wastewater systems may involve treatment processes and include, but are not limited to, septic tanks and household aerobic units with disposal system and cesspools. Each individual wastewater system shall be an independent system and shall have all of its plumbing, treatment (if any), and disposal components separate from any other wastewater system.” and Section 11-62-31.1(a)(2)(A) which states “Developments involving buildings other than dwellings. The wastewater flow generated shall not exceed 1000 gallons per day per 10,000 square feet of usable land area which shall not include the area under the buildings.”

Mr. Ronald Nickel, Civil Engineer, is the individual authorized to act for the applicant. The applicant is requesting to use an individual wastewater systems (IWSs) with a wastewater flow greater than 1600 gpd on a lot with 22,146 square feet. The lot is located at 64-5196 Kinohou Street, Kamuela, Hawaii, has 19,466 square feet of usable land and is identified as TMK: (3) 6-4-006:002. The applicant has made the following comments.

1. The large capacity septic system proposed to serve the facility would not comply with HAR Sec- tion 11-62-03 because the IWS would receive more than 1,000 gallons per day of wastewater. The estimated flow into the system would be 1,600 gallons per day.
2. The current State requirement of a wastewater treatment plant would significantly add to the construction cost as well as require a much
greater ongoing maintenance cost.
3. Prevent loss of jobs. The LCC serving my facility has been in operation for 16 years. The current State requirements of a wastewater treatment plant would significantly add to the construction cost, as well as require a much greater ongoing maintenance cost. I (owner) may be forced to close my existing business and lay off my employ- ees.
4. The LCC will be upgraded to meet the EPA stand- ard with the addition of a septic tank and filter.
5. The proposed treatment individual wastewater sys- tems will provide greater protection than the large capacity cesspools. The proposed IWS is an
improvement to the existing cesspool in terms of wastewater treatment. The septic tank will provide pretreatment and sludge removal prior to effluent disposal.
6. The existing location of the facility is severely
restrictive. There is simply no space to construct a wastewater treatment plant.
7. The variance is requested for the maximum of five (5) years.

If you would like to review the complete application, please call or write to the Wastewater Branch, 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 309, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814-4920, telephone (808) 586-4294 or fax (808) 586-4300 to obtain a copy or facsimile.

DOH will consider all written comments received within thirty days of this notice. If warranted, DOH may hold a public hearing on the variance application, after a separate thirty-day public notice. The final decision will be made on the basis of the application, related documents, written comments and the public hearing, if any.

Director of Health (SB03510073 9/7/06)