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Health Department Cites Firm for Violating Air Permit

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A Big Island trucking company has been cited by the Department of Health for violations of its air permit.

Edwin DeLuz Trucking and Gravel LLC was cited by the department’s Clean Air Branch for late submittal of its semi-annual reports, annual emission reports and of its annual fee.

The Paauilo-based company has a permit for 265 tons per hour for crushing and screening rock at its Kapoaula Quarry in Hamakua.

The firm was assessed a penalty of $1,800 for the citations.

The company was also fined $5,000 in January 2013 for failing conduct annual performance tests of equipment at the quarry in 2010.

Through the air permit process, the DOH carries out inspections and investigates reported incidents to ensure companies comply with state and federal emission standards to minimize air pollution impacts on the public.

All fines are paid into a revolving special fund used to prevent or minimize damage to the environment.


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