Honolulu Settlement Overhauls Ailing Sewer System

Law360, New York (June 30, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT) -- The city of Honolulu has agreed to overhaul its aging sewer system and safeguard against future spills, likely ending years of litigation with environmentalists and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

On Monday, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced that a proposed consent, which awaits approval from the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and the city counsel, finally addresses the city’s neglected treatment facilities and wastewater system that routinely spills raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean.

The proposed consent decree is supported by the Sierra...
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