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DLNR fined nearly $222K for operating cesspools

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has been fined nearly $222,000 for operating seven large-capacity cesspools on Kauai island.

The Environmental Protection Agency banned the type of cesspool targeted in 2005 because they can pollute water resources and violate the Safe Drinking Water Act, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday.

The cesspools were at Camp Hale Koa, the Waineke Cabins and at a commercial property, the television station reported.

The EPA has taken action before against the department, has collected over $400,000 in fines and closed 74 cesspools.

Cesspools collect and release untreated raw sewage into the ground, where pathogens and harmful chemicals can contaminate groundwater, streams and oceans.

Groundwater provides about 95 percent of the local water supply in Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reported.