Hu Honua Bioenergy

The state says the Notice of Violation states that Hū Honua violated Hawai‘i Revised Statutes for discharging pollutants without authorization. Discharges without permit authorization are strictly prohibited to protect human and environmental health from exposure to pollutants, which can cause serious and sometimes irreparable harm.

An unknown amount of wastewater was discharged from the treatment system at the Hu Honua Bioenergy site north of Hilo on Nov. 9, the health department announced Friday. The discharge came from a treatment tank that held wastewater used to clean boilers at the power plant.

The same federal tax credit homeowners get for installing solar panels could pay up to 30 percent of the roughly $260 million cost of turning a defunct coal-powered plant into one that burns trees to produce energy.

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