Public Notices and Updates

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DOCUMENT ENTITLED “HAWAII BEACH MONITORING PROGRAM”

The Hawaii Department of Health conducts monitoring of beaches to determine water quality under the Clean Water Act (CWA) BEACH Program. The Department requests public comment on the document titled “Hawaii Beach Monitoring Program” which specifies how the Department proposes to comply with the CWA. The document is available to the public at http://health.hawaii.gov/cwb/site-map/clean-water-branch-home-page/public-notices-and-updates/. The document is also available for public review, Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Clean Water Branch (CWB), Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 301. The District Health Offices (DHOs) on Hawaii, Kauai and Maui will also have this document available for public review:

Hawaii DHO, 1582 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 933-0401
Kealakekua Health Office, 79-7595 Haukapila St., Rm. 109, Kealakekua, HI 96750, (808) 322-1967
Kauai DHO, 3040 Umi St., Lihue, HI 96766, (808) 241-3322
Maui DHO, 54 High St., Rm. 300, Wailuku, HI 96793, (808) 984-8230

For a copy of the document, contact the CWB at (808) 586-4309, send an email to cleanwaterbranch@doh.hawaii.gov, fax a request to (808) 586-4352, or mail a request to the CWB address below.

The DOH has added a public informational meeting on Hawaii (Kona) from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the West Hawaii Civic Center Building B, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy on July 12, 2017.

The DOH has also extended the comment period. All comments must be transmitted in writing, no later than September 1, 2017, to Alec Wong, Clean Water Branch, Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 301, Honolulu, HI 96814.

Virginia Pressler, M.D.
Director of Health

HAWAII BEACH MONITORING PROGRAM DOCUMENT

The Hawaii Department of Health conducts monitoring of beaches to determine water quality under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Program. The Department proposes to issue advisories to the public when indicator bacteria levels exceed the threshold level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Advisories in the form of signs posted on the affected beaches, notifications posted on the Department’s Clean Water Branch website, the CWB telephone hotline, and email notifications to subscribers will be used to notify the public.

 In addition to issuing advisories, the Department proposes collect follow-up samples on each subsequent work day until laboratory results show that the threshold is no longer exceeded. All posted signs and advisories will be removed when the threshold is no longer exceeded.

 The document titled “Hawaii Beach Monitoring Program” describes how the Department proposes to conduct beach monitoring to meet the CWA BEACH Program requirements.

EXPIRING GENERAL PERMITS

The following National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits in Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-55, will be expiring at midnight, December 5, 2017:

  • Appendix B (NPDES general permit authorizing discharges of storm water associated with industrial activities)
  • Appendix D (NPDES general permit authorizing discharges of treated effluent from leaking underground storage tank remedial activities)
  • Appendix H (NPDES general permit auth. discharges of treated process wastewater associated w/ petroleum bulk stations and terminals)
  • Appendix I (NPDES general permit authorizing discharges of treated process wastewater associated with well drilling activities)

In addition, Appendix M (NPDES general permit authorizing point source discharges from the application of pesticides) will be expiring at midnight, October 21, 2017.

Further information on the renewal process will be sent out closer to the expiration dates of these permits.  To ensure receipt of this information, please verify that the contacts that we have on file for your permit are current.  Revised contact information may be submitted on the CWB Compliance Submittal Form for Individual NPDES Permits and NGPCs.  This form is located on the e-Permitting Portal at: https://eha-cloud.doh.hawaii.gov/epermit.

For easy access to NPDES permit information and documents, feel free to utilize our Water Pollution Control (WPC) Viewer at: http://eha-web.doh.hawaii.gov/wpc-viewer/.  You can search for records by typing the permit number, facility name, or facility location in the search field, then click on the link to the record, and press the Permit Information button.

If you have any questions, you may contact the DOH-CWB by email at cleanwaterbranch@doh.hawaii.gov or call the Engineering Section at (808) 586-4309. Please inform your clients or project partners who may be impacted by these five (5) expiring NPDES general permits.

NOTICE TO NPDES PERMITTEES OF HAR, CHAPTER 11-55, GENERAL PERMITS

Appendix B   Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities (Expires Dec. 5, 2017)

Appendix D   Treated Effl. from Leaking Underground Stor. Tank Remedial Act. (Exp. Dec. 5, 2017)

Appendix H   Treated Process WW Assoc. with Petroleum Bulk Sta. and Term. (Exp. Dec. 5, 2017)

Appendix I     Treated Process Wastewater Assoc. with Well Drilling Activities (Expires Dec. 5, 2017)

Appendix M   Point Source Discharges from the Application of Pesticides (Expires Oct. 21, 2017)

This notice applies only to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11‑55, Appendices, B, D, H, I, and M.

 To continue General Permit (GP) coverage under the Appendices above, please complete and submit a “2017 Renewal Notice of Intent Form for Appendices B, D, H, I, or M” (hereinafter 2017 Renewal NOI Form) 30 days prior to the Appendices expiration date [one (1) Renewal NOI Form per existing NGPC] through the Department of Health’s (DOH) e-Permitting Portal at https://eha-cloud.doh.hawaii.gov/epermit.

Complete and submit 2017 Renewal NOI Form(s) for Appendices B, D, H, or I by November 7, 2017 or for Appendix M, by September 21, 2017.  If the GPs (Appendices) cannot be adopted by the Department of Health before the expiration date, a Notice of General Permit Coverage (NGPC) shall be considered to have been automatically extended unless the department informs the Permittee otherwise.  If administratively extended, the terms and conditions of the expired permit will continue to be effective for projects that submitted NOIs prior to the expiration date.  An administrative extension of the current NPDES coverage will be granted until the new general permit is adopted and a new NGPC can be issued.

If you wish to discontinue coverage under the GP, submit a “CWB Compliance Submittal Form for Individual NPDES Permits and NGPCs” form filling out the Notice of Cessation (NOC) portion of the form and submit via the DOH e‑Permitting Portal (https://eha-cloud.doh.hawaii.gov/epermit) after your discharge ceases.

If you are a new source/facility and wish to be covered under one of the subject GPs and you have all required information, apply now for NPDES GP coverage by submitting a “CWB NOI Form” via the Department of Health’s e-Permitting Portal at

https://eha-cloud.doh.hawaii.gov/epermit.  Once you receive coverage under the existing GP by way of a NGPC, submit a 2017 Renewal NOI Form(s) (as explained above) to receive an administrative extension.

– OR

Apply for a NPDES Individual Permit at least 180 days prior to the commencement of the discharge to state waters.

 


MINIMUM WATER QUALITY AND POLLUTION CONTROL SPECIFICATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS


Updated BMP procedures regarding General Permits
Authorizing the discharge of storm water associated with construction activities.

 

Public Notices for NPDES Permits and Section 401 WQCs

Pursuant to HAR 11-55-09 and HAR 11-54-9.1.03, the Department of Health
notifies all interested persons of a proposed NPDES permit or Section 401 WQC.
All current are available at NPDES permits and/or Section WQC public notices.
Water Pollution Control (WPC) Viewer for Public Access to Government Documents

The WPC Viewer offers quick and easy access to NPDES permits/WQC/documents, inspections, and enforcement actions.  All non-confidential NPDES and Section 401 WQC documents, applications, correspondence, fact sheets, rationales, final permits/certifications, completed inspections, and enforcement actions can be viewed and downloaded through the WPC Viewer website.  You can search for records by typing the permit number, facility name, or facility location in the search field; clicking on the link to the record; and pressing the Permit Information button.  Alternatively, you can zoom into the map and locate the facility you are interested in.  Note: Once you’ve found your desired facility/project, an easy way to locate documents in the WPC Viewer is to press “CTRL+F” and type a keyword.  For example, if you are looking for an issued NPDES permit, press “CTRL+F” and type “fnl”.  If you are looking for the fact sheets or rationales, press “CTRL+F” and type “fact sheet” or “rationale”.

Hawaii Department of Health and U.S. EPA Advise Public to Take Precautions at Keehi Lagoon and Waiopili Stream, Kauai

Warning Signs Posted 8/4/2016 at Both Areas on Oahu and Kauai

 HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is providing public notification of the potential health risk associated with recreating in and on Keehi Lagoon, Oahu and Waiopili Stream, Kauai by posting caution signs in these areas on August 4, 2016.

The signs posted at both areas notify the public to use caution before recreating on or in the water, due to high bacteria levels. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or open wounds are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. DOH is not closing the areas for recreational use, but advising people to take precautionary measures.

DOH and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are concerned about elevated counts of bacteria in Keehi Lagoon in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Darby, and at Waiopili Stream near Gillin’s Beach. Bacteria levels found at both areas exceed water quality standards and may pose a potential health risk to recreational users of these waters.

A specific type of bacteria (Enterococcus sp.) is used as the indicator of the potential presence of pathogens which are harmful to humans. The posting of caution signs is based on the test results for this indicator bacteria.

DOH and EPA will continue to work together to improve the monitoring of Hawaii’s recreational waters, including specific standard protocols for public notification and posting of recreational waters with caution signs when bacteria levels exceed standards established to protect public health.

Keehi Lagoon sign locations

Ke'ehi sign map

Gillin’s Beach sign locations

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