Sugar plantation fined for burning violations


HONOLULU (AP) — The state is fining its only sugar plantation $1.3 million for alleged cane burning violations from 2009-13. The state said Tuesday it documented more than 400 violations by Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. when it reviewed the company’s reports and other papers.

Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar said in a statement it will contest the fine, noting the violations were unintentional and the result of a complex milling operation. The company also thinks the penalty is excessive, particularly because it identified and self-reported each incident. The company added many of the incidents cited by the fine order didn’t violate laws.

Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar said there’s no indication the incidents resulted in violations of air-quality standards established to protect human health.

 

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