Public Notices and Updates

Public Notice NPDES Permits, Section 401 WQCs, and Supporting Documents
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 public notice NPDES permits, Section 401 WQCs, and supporting documents are available at: NPDES permits and/or Section WQC public notices.
New (Updated January 21, 2022)

Renewal of Appendices BEFGK

To current permittees under the general permits BEFGK, please see the following information regarding the Renewal process for Appendices BEFGK:

Action is required at this time.

The Department of Health (DOH), Clean Water Branch (CWB) has completed the renewal process and has reissued the following National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits in the following appendices of Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 11-55:

Appendix B – NPDES General Permit Authorizing Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities;

Appendix E – NPDES General Permit Authorizing Discharges of Once Through Cooling Water Less Than One (1) Million Gallons Per Day;

Appendix F – NPDES General Permit Authorizing Discharges of Hydrotesting Waters;

Appendix G – NPDES General Permit Authorizing Discharges Associated with Construction Activity Dewatering; and

Appendix K – NPDES General Permit Authorizing Discharges of Storm Water and Certain Non-Storm Water discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.

The reissued general permits are effective as of January 15, 2022

To maintain coverage under the new general permit, you must first verify that the project shall be able to comply with the newly reissued general permit. Go to the Hawaii Administrative Rules 11-55 page to view the general permits. Once you have verified that the project can comply with the reissued general permit, you must submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Clean Water Branch by the specified deadlines. Access the NOI form on the e-Permitting Portal at: e-Permitting Portal.

Deadlines to submit the NOI for each general permit are as follows:

Appendix B – July 14, 2022
Appendices E, F, and G – March 16, 2022
Appendix K – May 15, 2022

Failure to submit a NOI to the Clean Water Branch by the specified date may result in loss of permit coverage.

See the Permitting FAQs page at Permitting FAQs for additional information on the reissued general permits.

NPDES Permit No. HI S000431 Public Notices and Documents for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory Project

Renewal Permit Documents
Public Hearing Notice – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Public Notice, Draft Renewal Permit and Rationale – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Renewal Application – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Response to Public Hearing Comments – TMT International Observatory – HIS000431

Original Permit Documents
NPDES Permit – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Original 2014 Application – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431

June 25, 2019 Public Hearing
Video of Public Hearing for TMT International Observatory NPDES Permit Renewal HI S000431

TMT Response to June 25, 2019 Public Hearing Comments
The Department of Health’s response to the June 25, 2019 public hearing comments on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit renewal for the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory is available at: Response to Public Hearing Comments – TMT International Observatory – HIS000431.

TMT Request for Contested Case Hearing
Any interested party who submitted comments during the public notice period or submitted testimony during the public hearing may request a contested case hearing. Requests may be mailed to the Director of Health, 1250 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. The requirements for requesting a contested case are found in Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 11-1. A copy of these rules is available at https://health.hawaii.gov/opppd/files/2015/06/11-1.pdf. Requests must include the requester’s first and last name, mailing address, email, and phone number. The Director of Health will accept requests for a contested case hearing no later than August 9, 2019, by the close of business at 4:30 p.m.

April 8, 2021 Re-Public Notice
On April 8, 2021, the Department of Health Clean Water Branch (CWB) published in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald its tentative recommendation to renew a Water Pollution Control Permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. HI S000431.

The previously public-noticed documents were worded in a way that may imply that the Director of Health has made certain determinations with respect to the permit application and were, therefore, rescinded. The current public notice will incorporate all previously submitted public comments (May 23, 2019, public notice and June 25, 2019 public hearing) into this new public comment record. The CWB is extending the public comment period an additional 30-days, which is now scheduled to end June 7, 2021.

Written comments can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to our office at 2827 Waimano Home Road, #225, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782. All mailed comments must be post marked no later than June 7, 2021. The new permit recommendation and fact sheet can be viewed below.

April 8, 2021 Re-Public Notice Documents
April 8, 2021 TMT Public Notice Documents (Public Notice, Public Notice Permit, and Permit Rationale)