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Protesters unhappy with mayor, injection well case

Protesting Maui County’s injection well case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, Sylvia Litchfield (from left), Robin Knox, Renee Miller and Rosemary Robinson sit by the door to the Mayor’s Lounge on Friday, two days after the justices heard oral arguments in the case. “We want the mayor and the corporation counsel to honor the vote of the County Council,” said Litchfield, who said she was a certified environmental scientist and the author of the paper in 2010 that drew the Environmental Protection Agency’s interest to the Lahaina Wastewater Treatment facility’s injection wells. “It’s not too late for the county to withdraw.” She said the treated water currently being injected may have been rid of bacteria, but it still has nitrogen which causes problems in nearshore waters. While they are talking, showing on the TV above them is Mayor Michael Victorino touring the Lahaina Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo