The City and County of Honolulu (CCH) has agreed to settle wastewater collection and treatment system violations with the United States, Hawaii and three environmental groups. U.S. v. City & County of Honolulu, No. 94-765 (D. Haw. lodged 8/10/10). The proposed settlement includes a comprehensive compliance schedule for CCH to upgrade its wastewater collection system by 2020 and a requirement that its wastewater treatment plant be upgraded to secondary treatment by 2024. A second plant at Sand Island will be upgraded by 2035.
Press reports indicate that CCH expects to spend at least $3.4 billion in capital costs through fiscal year 2020, largely on the collection system and treatment plant upgrades. The settlement also requires CCH to pay $1.6 million in civil fines. The proposed consent decree was lodged in federal court August 10, 2010, and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval. See BNA Daily Environment Report, August 12, 2010.