State DOH meeting to review hazardous waste rules planned

The state Department of Health will be holding a public information meeting Tuesday on its proposal to update rules regulating businesses that generate or handle hazardous wastes and used oil in Hawaii.

The update is to primarily align the state regulations with updates to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s federal hazardous waste management program, according to a published public notice.

DOH officials will present and discuss the proposed rules and answer questions.

The meeting on Maui will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the state office building at 54 S. High St. in Wailuku in the third-floor conference room B.

The rules are posted at health.hawaii.gov/opppd/administrative-rules.

A detailed description of the proposed changes is available at health.hawaii.gov/shwb/hazwaste. Copies of the rules proposed to be repealed and adopted can be mailed at a cost of 5 cents per page and postage. Call (808) 586-4226 to request copies.

A  public hearing on the matter will be held on Oahu from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at 919 Ala Moana Blvd. on the fifth floor.

Those wanting to present their opinions may do so at the meeting and also in writing to Hazardous Waste Rulemaking, 919 Ala Moana Blvd. #212, Honolulu 96814 or to noa.klein@doh.hawaii.gov.

Written testimony must be received by Dec. 20. It will also be accepted at the Maui meeting and Oahu hearing.

Those needing assistance when attending the meetings, should contact (808) 586-4226 or noa.klein@doh.hawaii.gov at least five business days prior to the event.

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