Landfill runoff reaches sea, spurring probe but no alerts

By Gary T. Kubota

POSTED: 01:30 a.m., Dec 25, 2010

State health officials are investigating potential contaminated storm water runoff into the ocean from the city’s Waimanalo Gulch landfill in Leeward Oahu.

State health spokeswoman Janice Okubo said yesterday the discharge began Sunday after heavy rainfall and continued through Thursday between Ko Olina and the Kahe Power Plant.

Okubo said the city is required to report discharges into the ocean. “We are still investigating it,” she said.

A state Health Department solid waste inspector discovered the water runoff on Thursday, she said.

The inspector notified state Clean Water Branch officials, who are conducting an investigation.

City spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy said landfill operator Waste Management of Hawaii followed protocol and notified the state Solid Waste Branch on Monday of the discharge.

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