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Notice #: 05521996
Public Notices



March 31, 2006

The State Department of Health (DOH) tentatively proposes to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge process generated waste waters and storm water from the facility’s settling and containment ponds to the receiving water, Kapaa Stream, subject to special conditions to:


The proposed permit will expire on March 31, 2010.

Ameron Hawaii operates a rock quarry (surface mining), a tertiary coarse aggregate processing plant, a Mansand (manmade sand) processing plant, and a concrete batching operation. The facility is located in the northeast corner of the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, between the towns of Kailua and Kaneohe. The Quarry property is comprised of about 416 acres of leased land. It is adjacent to the City and County of Honolulu’s Kapaa and Kalaheo Sanitary Landfills, and the Kawainui Marsh. Part of the H-3 freeway divides the property into two (2) parts: Phase I (Areas A & C) and Phase II (Area B). Kapaa Stream runs through the property along the access road to the quarry off Kapaa Quarry Road. Kapaa Stream connects to the Kawainui Marsh.

The receiving water, Kapaa Stream, is classified by the DOH in Hawaii Admininstrative Rules (HAR) Section 11-54-5.1(a), as a “Class 2” “Inland Waters”. The objective of Class 2 waters is to protect their use for recreational purposes, the support and propagation of aquatic life, agricultural and industrial water supplies, shipping, and navigation. The uses to be protected in this class of waters are all uses compatible with the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and with recreation in and on these waters. These waters shall not act as receiving waters for any discharge which has not received the best degree of treatment or control compatible with the criteria established for this class.

Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed NPDES permit, or to request a public hearing, should submit their comments or requests in writing no later than 30 days after the date of this notice, either in person or by mail, to:

Office Address: Mailing Address:
Clean Water Branch Clean Water Branch
Environmental Management Division Environmental Management Division
State Department of Health State Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 301 P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96814-4920 Honolulu, HI 96801-3378

Copies of the proposed draft permit and other information are available for public inspection, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., at the DOH office address shown above. Copies may be bought. The draft permit and rationale are also available on the internet at cwb/pubntcs/index.html. For more information or if you have special needs due to disability that will aid you in inspecting and/or commenting on the draft permit and related information, please contact Mr. Alec Wong, Supervisor of the Engineering Section, Clean Water Branch, at the above address or (808) 586-4309 (Voice) at least seven (7) days before the comment deadline. For those who use a TTY/TDD, please call through Verizon-Hawaii Telephone Relay Service, at 1-711 or (808) 643-8822.

All comments and requests received on time will be considered. If DOH determines that there is significant public interest, a public hearing may be held after at least 30 days of public notice.

If DOH’s position is substantially unchanged after considering all timely written comments and all oral comments at any public hearing that may be held, then the DOH will issue the NPDES permit and this action will be final.

Please notify anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.

Chiyome Leinaala Fukino, M.D.
(SB05521996 3/31/06) Director of Health