Public Notices

  Update to Opportunity to Comment (as of July 16, 2019)

The applicant has provided clarification of the proposed refined groundwater model and the monitoring plan to address some comments received during the first three (3) weeks of the comment period.  This revision replaces the May 16, 2019 version on pages 30-35 of the application and may be found at 19-088.r7-WYamamoto-Request-to-Deepen-Hu-Honua-Bioenergy-19-29.pdf.

As of July 16, 2019, the Opportunity to Comment deadline has been extended from July 21, 2019, until 30 calendar days after the refined groundwater model and monitoring results are received from the applicant and made public.  The Department will also consider whether to hold an additional public meeting.

Notice of Opportunity to Provide Public Comment on the Revised Application for Injection Wells Construction at Hu Honua Bioenergy, Pepe`ekeo, Hawai`i by the Hawai`i State Department of Health Underground Injection Control


June 21, 2019

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received from Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC, a revised Underground Injection Control (UIC) application proposing to deepen to 800 feet the three (3) injection wells that DOH originally approved on June 14, 2018, for construction up to 400 feet. The revision proposes the use of a louvered casing within the open annular space of a 24-inch borehole from 120 feet below ground surface (bgs) down to 600 feet bgs followed by 200 feet of 24-inch open borehole to 800 feet bgs.

The DOH is taking comments on whether it should grant a modification of the approval-to-construct the injection wells to 800 feet as requested. Even if DOH were to grant such a modified approval to construct, operation of the wells would not be authorized until DOH also issues a permit to operate. The three (3) injection wells are located at:

Applicant: Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC

Address: 28-283 Sugar Mill Road Pepe‘ekeo, Hawai‘i 96783

Application No.: UH-3051


Location: 28-283 Sugar Mill Road Pepe‘ekeo, Hawai‘i 96783

TMK No. 3rd Division, 2-8-08:104

Central Latitude: 19° 50′ 36.03″ N

Central Longitude: 155° 05′ 11.15″ W

The UIC application is available for review, Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays, at: Safe Drinking Water Branch (SDWB); UIC Program; Uluakupu Bldg. 4; 2385 Waimano Home Road, Suite 110; Pearl City, Hawai‘i 96782-1400.

To request a copy of the revised application [also available via this link], please send an email to, fax to (808)586-4351, postal mail to the SDWB address above, or call (808)586-4258.

DOH requests public comments regarding the proposed well deepening before acting on the application to approve the construction/modification of the three (3) injection wells. All comments must be transmitted in writing, no later than July 21, 2019, to Ms. Joanna L. Seto, P.E., of the SDWB at the email address or street address above.  [Postal mail postmarked by July 21, 2019 (and received after July 21, 2019) will be accepted.]


Director of Health

(HTH1209100 6/21/19) – [Italicized text in brackets are added to this online post.]

Updated Hu Honua Information Meeting and Public Hearing Notice with links to transcript and videos (CWB website)

Transcript of public hearing held on November 14, 2018 (CWB website)

The Hearings Officer has extended the deadline to submit written testimony to by Wednesday, 11/21/2018 at 5:00 pm.


October 15, 2018

The State Department of Health (DOH) will hold a public information meeting and public hearing on Hawaii island for the Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC facility located at 28-283 Sugar Mill Road, Pepeekeo, Island of Hawaii, TMK: (3) 2-8-008:104 and 161.

Date:               Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Location:         ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i; Moanahoku Hall; 600 Imiloa Place; Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Public Information Meeting

At the public information meeting from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, the Department of Health (DOH) will provide clarification on the pending:

  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) application and draft permit to discharge storm water associated with industrial activities from the Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC facility, to receiving State waters, subject to special conditions
  • Application for an Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permit to operate
  • Solid waste permit application for the recycling of ash

This public information meeting will be recorded on video.  The video will be made available on the DOH, Clean Water Branch Public Notices and Updates website located at:

Public Hearing

The DOH will receive verbal and written testimony at a public hearing starting at 1:00 pm on the NPDES application and draft permit to discharge storm water associated with industrial activities from the Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC facility, to receiving State waters, subject to special conditions, and the pending UIC application for permit to operate.

The Applicant published a DOH Notice of Proposed Water Pollution Control Permit for Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC; NPDES Permit No. HI S000557; Docket No. HI S000557; on August 30, 2018, in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.  The Director received a significant number of requests for a public hearing claiming the lack of opportunity for the general public to voice their concerns over the proposed facility.

Persons desiring to speak are asked to submit two (2) copies of their statement before or at the hearing.  Verbal testimony may be subject to a time limit if there are more than 50 testifiers.  Written statements will be accepted until 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at or at P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, Hawaii 96801-3378.

The proposed NPDES permit for the new discharge will expire five (5) years from the date of issuance.

The project is located at 28-283 Sugar Mill Road, Pepeekeo, Island of Hawaii, TMK: (3) 2-8-008:104 and 161.  The facility is a biomass electric power generation facility and is classified under Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 4911, Electric Services (other electric power generation).  Activities performed at this facility include receiving and storing logs; chipping logs; storing and transporting wood chips; burning wood chips and biodiesel fuel to produce steam; electricity generation; distributing electricity; and receiving and staging parts.  Administrative offices and parking are also located at the site.

The receiving water, the Pacific Ocean at 19.842801°N latitude, 155.084964°W longitude and 19.843665°N latitude, 155.084645°W longitude, is classified by the DOH as Class A, Marine Waters, Open Coastal.  It is the objective of class A waters that their use for recreational purposes and aesthetic enjoyment be protected. Any other use shall be permitted as long as it is compatible with the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and with recreation in and on these waters. These waters shall not act as receiving waters for any discharge which has not received the best degree of treatment or control compatible with the criteria established for this class.

Copies of the proposed NPDES permit and other information are available for public inspection, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., at the DOH Clean Water Branch office located at 2827 Waimano Home Road, #225, Pearl City, HI 96782; the Hawaii District Health Office in Hilo located at 75 Aupuni Street #201, Hilo, HI 96720; and the Hawaii District Health Office in Kona located at 79‑1015 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750.  Copies may be bought. The public notice permit and rationale are also available on the internet at: and on the WPC Viewer located at:

This public hearing will be recorded on video.  The video will be made available on the DOH, Clean Water Branch Public Notices and Updates website located at:

For more information or if you have special needs due to disability, please contact Mr. Darryl Lum, Supervisor of the Engineering Section, Clean Water Branch, at the address above or at 808-586-4309 (voice), at least seven (7) days before the information meeting and public hearing.  For those who use a TTY/TDD, please call through Verizon-Hawaii Telephone Relay Service, at 1-711 or 1-877-447-5991.

Please notify anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.


Director of Health

(HTH1141277 10/15/18)


SDWB Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) Request Process

To make a Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) request for Safe Drinking Water, Groundwater Protection program, Underground Injection Control program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and/or source water information, send an email with the completed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Form to:

Safe Drinking Water Branch
Call: 808-586-4258
Address: Uluakupu Building 4; 2385 Waimano Home Road, Suite 110; Pearl City, Hawaii 96782-1400

Last Update: 16 July 2019