Status Update

June 3

Draft Air Permit Sent to EPA

The Hawaii Department of Health, after lengthy review of the draft air permit for Hu Honua Bioenergy, has sent it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  EPA’s evaluation is needed before a permit can be issued.

Hu Honua is confident that it can meet all air quality standards required by DOH and EPA.

May 5

Milestones: SMA Permit & Circuit Court Judgment

Special Management Area Permit: Hawaii County’s Windward Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve the amended SMA permit for Hu Honua on Wednesday, May 4.

The approval comes after a year of hearings, written submissions and a hearing officer’s recommendations.  There are a set of conditions, many recommended by the Planning Department and the hearing officer.  Once we confirm the conditions included in the permit from the Commission, we will upload them to the Hu Honua website.  Mahalo to the Commission for its careful review and approval.

Circuit Court Summary Judgment: Honorable Greg Nakamura of the 3rd Circuit Court granted Hu Honua’s motion for a summary judgment in the case Dow vs. Continental Pacific LLC (Civil No. 10-1-0140). That removes Hu Honua as a defendant in a case brought by area residents.  Hu Honua was represented in the proceedings by Gary G. Grimmer & Associates of Honolulu.

The judge ruled that Hu Honua had produced sufficient evidence to show that no other defendant had legal claim to bring an injunction against Hu Honua to block using the Pepeekeo site as a power plant.

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March 20

County Hearing Officer Recommends Permit

Robert Crudele, Hawaii County-appointed hearing officer, recommends SMA permit. Full Report PDF

February 22

Survey of Island Residents

High level of support for Hu Honua is evident from survey research conducted Islandwide in December 2010.  PDF Summary here.

December 12

No Significant Traffic Impact

Survey & Study by SSFM International looks at current levels of traffic on Route 19 and what Hu Honua’s impact would be.  PDF of full report here.