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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
DLNR: Another Step Towards State-Run Carbon Credit Scheme
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 545 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...Certifying the project under Verra’s VCS, which includes the verification and validation of the project by independent auditors, enables DOFAW to generate certified carbon credits that it, in turn, can sell to interested buyers, brokers, traders, or retailers....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Lahaina Injection Wells: EPA won't regulate pollution that moves through groundwater
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 648 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...the memo contradicts arguments EPA and the Department of Justice made on the same case three years ago....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Unlucky and Unclean: How Not to Steal House 13
By Andrew Walden @ 10:23 PM :: 1544 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

...With legal representation from Neil Abercrombie’s former Attorney General David Louie, former penny stock tout Jeffrey Dunster tried to use a bag full of receipts to claim ownership of a house known as ‘13’.  It didn't work....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Got Milk? DoH Consent Decree Requires Shut Down of Big Island Dairy
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1034 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

...The AOC requires Big Island Dairy owners to terminate their dairy operations, remove all their cows from confinement on the site, clean and remove the existing wastewater system, and pay $79,000 by June of 2019....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Nominations Open for Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 754 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

...The new term for the Commissioner will begin July 1, 2019 and run for four (4) years, expiring on June 30, 2023....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ala Wai? Corps of Engineers has Long History of Corruption and Cost Overruns
By Selected News Articles @ 9:08 PM :: 1089 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Military

...Reminiscent of rail, projected Ala Wai costs have already leapt from $200M to $470M.... 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 793 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business, Obama

...The American Samoan Government and its people were barely consulted before these monuments were established or expanded. As a result, our local fishermen were barred from accessing the waters that Samoans have been visiting for over a millennium....

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Friday, March 08, 2019
SB931: Tourism Industry Aims to Shut Down Aquarium Fishery
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 865 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...Introduction of the aquarium fishery closure bill is the tourist groups’ attempt to preempt the HEPA environmental review completion....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Hirono Suggests She Was Joking When She Criticized the Green New Deal
By Selected News Articles @ 3:23 AM :: 1447 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

...Just kidding! It turns out Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is a fan of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez....

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Tokuda-Connected Recycler Busted for Fraud
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:55 PM :: 1491 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits

...During FY 2018, the total deposit amounts reimbursed to Reynolds Recycling was approximately $7.96 million....

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Sunday, March 03, 2019
Trump knocks 'crazy female senator' Mazie Hirono for comments on men
By Selected News Articles @ 4:41 AM :: 2565 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation

...when asked about whether she supports the Green New Deal, Hirono responded “Well, I don’t know how people are going to get to Hawaii, but I’m in favor of the plan."....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Conservationists Demand Half-Billion Reparations for Dead Hawaiian Tree Snail
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 736 Views :: Environment

...Just last month, George, the last known member of this snails species, died without a mate after 14 years in captivity....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
Anti-Sunscreen Hysteria Designed to Force New Products Past FDA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 810 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...Sunscreen has been in the news a lot lately. Both Hawaii and Key West, Florida, are trying to ban sunscreens containing certain ingredients....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Report: Hawaii Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop After Aviation Emissions Reclassified as 'International'
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 1114 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...By exporting airliner exhaust, the nearly 50% growth in Hawaii tourism numbers since 2008 is simply evaporated from this report.....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
WOTUS: Lahaina Injection Wells Case to be Heard by US Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 1044 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...Maui’s attorneys argue the Ninth Circuit’s “radical expansion of point source permitting” goes beyond the CWA’s scope....

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Hearing: Should Auwahi Windfarm Be Allowed to Kill 140 Bats?
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 991 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... the DOFAW hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on February 15, 2019 at Kula Elementary School, 5000 Kula Highway in Kula ....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Green New Deal: Kamala Harris Endorses Socialist Plan to Ban Air Travel and Cows
By Selected News Articles @ 10:14 PM :: 2599 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

“That would be pretty hard for Hawaii” -- Sen Mazie Hirono

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Aquarium Fishing and Hawaiian Culture
By Selected News Articles @ 11:49 PM :: 878 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... the ancient Hawaiians were practical people that utilized their natural resources ....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
There’s insufficient evidence your sunscreen harms coral reefs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 AM :: 1047 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Tourism

...the few studies that have addressed the environmental impacts of sunscreens experimentally “are not representative of real world conditions”....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The Simon Abundance Index: Population growth equals greater resources
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:43 AM :: 804 Views :: Environment, Economy

...instead of making resources scarcer, population growth has gone hand in hand with greater resource abundance....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kauai Dairy Quits: "No Regulatory Path Forward"
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 1104 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture

"...we were unable to find a clear regulatory path forward for this innovative and sustainable model of dairy farming...."

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
City steps up approach to control feral cat population
By News Release @ 8:06 PM :: 694 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...The Hawaiian Humane Society’s new community cat program coordinator will work with colony caregivers and volunteers to trap, neuter and then return sterilized cats to the colonies they came from....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Shark Bites: Hawaii Still #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:48 AM :: 876 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition to the 66 unprovoked attacks worldwide, there were also 34 provoked attacks. Those include instances where divers are bitten after harassing or trying to touch sharks, as well as attacks on spearfishers or people trying to feed sharks....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Why are Climate Alliance governors in states with bad financial conditions?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 1044 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the average per-Taxpayer Burden for these 15 states runs almost $24,000—more than four times the average for the other 35 states....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
The Misinformed, Ineffective War on Styrofoam
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:43 PM :: 1367 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...a recent report on Oahu suggests that a Styrofoam ban is unlikely to reduce litter and increase recycling....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
DoH cites Maui Land & Pineapple for wastewater violations
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 1259 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...The company has been ordered to pay a penalty of $230,000 and construct a new wastewater treatment plant....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Ill-Fated Ocean Cleanup Boom Collected only 2000kg Plastic
By Andrew Walden @ 10:39 PM :: 2199 Views :: Environment

...the boom, tagged “Wilson” and “System 001” by OC, is being towed very slowly--between one and three knots--and is not expected to arrive in Hawaii until mid-January....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Feds to PUC: Stop Approving Bat-Killing Windfarms without Endangered Species Permits
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 2383 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...HECO has not been coordinating with the Service and DOFAW to verify that a wind energy producer has completed the necessary compliance procedures...."

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Monday, January 07, 2019
Keli'i Akina Interviews Environmental Watchdog Caroll Cox
By Video @ 10:39 PM :: 1309 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...Carroll Cox has spent decades investigating environmental violations by individuals, companies, and the government....

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Sunday, January 06, 2019
Surprised by Wind and Waves in Pacific: Giant Plastic Eco-Boom Breaks up, Will soon wash up on Hawaii Beaches
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 1727 Views :: Environment

...“Really obvious question: How long until wave action tears up these booms?”--Hawai'i Free Press, May 12, 2017.... 

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Saturday, January 05, 2019
Auditor: Conveyance Tax Money Misspent by DLNR
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:05 PM :: 1893 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use, Taxes

...In 2005, the Legislature provided the land conservation program with a dedicated funding source – ten percent of conveyance tax collected...here's what happened next....

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Friday, January 04, 2019
US Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court to Hear Maui Injection Wells Case
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 1426 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...the petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 18-260 should be granted, limited to the first question presented ... whether a “discharge of a pollutant” occurs when a pollutant is released from a point source, travels through groundwater, and ultimately migrates to navigable waters....

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Monday, December 31, 2018
Auditor: Styrofoam Ban Doesn't Reduce Litter
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1654 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...H-Power allows recycling without requiring participation in the rituals of the eco-religion....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Commissioners Sought for Legacy Land Conservation Commission
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 1586 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Submit an online application to the Office of the Governor, Boards and Commissions, and learn more about how you can make an impact serving on the Commission....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
Navy Approves EIS for Hawaii-So Cal Training
By News Release @ 11:59 AM :: 1374 Views :: Environment, Military

...lots of whining from the usual suspects....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hawaii Becomes the Second State to Shut Out Wild-Animal Circuses
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 1714 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...Gov. David Ige approved the new regulation Dec 21, 2018....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Environmental Council Completes Rewrite of Environmental Review Rules
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 1712 Views :: Environment, Development, Small Business

... The proposed rules now go before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, which issues a recommendation to the Governor ....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Carbon Tax: Will You Fiddle While Paris Burns?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1813 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...If enacted, the carbon tax would be the fifth special tax imposed on fuel....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DoH Fines Hu Honua Biofuel Plant for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 1604 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...Between 3,500 and 32,500 gallons of treated industrial wastewater composed of freshwater, acidic metal cleaning solution and residue from the descaling of the boiler was discharged....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DLNR, Animal Liberation Nuts Imagine Aquarium Poachers--Post Reward
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1508 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...they're upset because nobody has been accused of violating the law....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
HAWSCT's Latest Water Case Isn't About Water
By Robert Thomas @ 7:59 PM :: 1658 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...Search as you might, there's nothing there that helps or hurts in the water law department....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
UN Climate Change Confab: Hawaii Promises to Keep Ratepayer Cash Flowing to Silicon Valley Billionaires
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2000 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
EPA Moves to Roll Back WOTUS
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 PM :: 1171 Views :: Environment

...“For the first time, we are clearly defining the difference between federally protected waterways and state protected waterways”....

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Saturday, December 08, 2018
Auwahi Wind Farm Requests Approval to Kill 140 Hoary Bats
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 1827 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

...The requested total bat take is 140 bats (119 in addition to the 21 authorized).... 

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Monday, December 03, 2018
WOTUS: Supreme Court Asks US Solicitor General to Weigh in on Maui Injection Wells
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 1511 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...In its petition for certiorari, Maui calls the 9th Circuit Court ruling a “radical expansion of point source permitting,” poised to carry massive liability for Maui and its taxpayers....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Potential Criminal Prosecution: Hu Honua Violates Water Pollution Laws
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 1715 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...potential civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day per violation and potential criminal prosecution....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Stream Flow Ruling Cuts off Lahaina Water Supply
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1407 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development

...the County intends to develop a new groundwater source within five years, or sooner, which will eventually provide for the full instream flow standard....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
How a U.S. law intended to reduce dependence on fossil fuels has unleashed an environmental disaster in Indonesia
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 AM :: 1596 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Dewanto’s team found the rigid body of an orangutan, half buried under a fallen log next to a scar of freshly cut forest in a peat bog being razed for a new palm plantation....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Details of the Horrible Carbon Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 8:11 AM :: 2278 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Establishes a creepy DC-based "Carbon Dividend Trust Fund" that seeks a backdoor two-child limit on families....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
To ‘Change Society’ -- Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 2864 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Any carbon-pricing mechanism should be “adequate to change behavior.”  The commission had considered asking that it be “practical” as well, but Sen. Karl Rhoads convinced the members that was a bad idea….

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