Ship-repair facility fined $710,000
HONOLULU - The Environmental Protection Agency says a ship-repair facility has been fined $710,000 for water pollution control violations as part of a settlement with the federal agency and the state of Hawaii.
The EPA said Thursday that Marisco Ltd. didn't implement water pollution controls as required by the Clean Water Act at its ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor in Oahu.
Officials say the settlement needs approval from a federal judge and is subject to a 30-day public comment period.
The complaint against the company says EPA and state health officials found workers washing down work areas directly into the harbor and leaking equipment being stored during a 2008 inspection.
Hawaiian Electric warns of scam
HONOLULU - Hawaiian Electric Co. is warning customers about an apparent scam involving telephone calls claiming people are behind on their electric bills.
The utility said Tuesday that customers have reported they're being told to make payments on their electric bills at retail stores using specific debit card services.
The scammer is telling customers to provide a confirmation number granting the scammer access to customer funds.
Hawaiian Electric is reminding customers not to provide their personal, confidential or financial information to any unidentified individual. It's urging customers to be cautious when responding to phone calls.