Lahaina Injection Wells Case —Transcript of Oral Arguments before US Supreme Court November 6, 2019
An audio recording will become available on Friday, Nov. 8, HERE.
Statement from Mayor Victorino
News Release from Office of the Mayor, Nov 6, 2019
“It was an honor to be present and witness the Supreme Court justices’ consideration of the issues raised by the County of Maui, the plaintiffs and federal regulators. Their questions were insightful, and I felt that they truly understood the complexity of the issues in this case and the potential effects of the expansion of the Clean Water Act on governmental entities and private properties.”
“Maui County has been an environmental steward since the 1970s when ocean sewage outfalls were abandoned in favor of wastewater reclamation facilities. Leaving this litigation unsettled would leave unanswered questions that would make Maui County taxpayers vulnerable to more lawsuits, uncertain regulatory requirements and staggering costs – all for what would be a negligible environmental benefit.”
“The Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility is a model in employing treatment technologies, including ultraviolet light disinfection, to transform wastewater into the highest quality recycled water in the State of Hawaii. This direction was a conscious decision made more than 40 years ago by visionary leaders in our community, and today, the County’s water reuse program is the most robust in the State of Hawaii. One of the major concerns I have had since the plaintiffs brought this suit in 2012 was the potentially devastating effect on our water reuse program.”
“This case has never been about winning or losing. It’s about clarity in the law so that we can move forward, confident as to the clear boundaries of the law so we can implement our programs and practices accordingly. I look forward to the Court’s decision.”