Unitek in Kahului cited, fined by DOH

The state Department of Health has cited Unitek Solution Services Inc. for violations involving the acceptance and processing of disposed tires at its Kahului facility in 2012 and this year, according to an announcement.

During an inspection in February, Health Department officials reported finding about 10,000 tires at Unitek’s 15,078-square-foot facility at 330 Hukilike St. in Kahului. The inspection followed an earlier one in 2012, officials said, referring to Unitek’s Maui operation as an “unpermitted solid waste management system.”

“Unitek was warned to cease operating the unpermitted facility in a letter dated May 11, 2012,” the department said in a news release Thursday.

Health officials imposed a $10,100 fine and ordered Unitek to stop accepting solid waste and to remove all of the material from its facility.

Unitek may request a hearing to contest the allegations or the Health Department order.

Regin Alhambra, a Unitek management administrator, referred questions to the company’s operations manager, who was not immediately available Thursday.

The Health Department’s Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation and transfer systems. Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or offshore waters and to prevent air pollution, the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances.