Trucking company could face fines for H-1 Freeway spill

Courtesy: Shannon Morante

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There could be more trouble for the trucking company that causes a major traffic jam on the H-1 Freeway over the weekend.

SER Trucking was hauling a load that spilled on the freeway Saturday, causing a massive traffic jam.

The company could face fines for that spill, but according to the city SER Trucking could face bigger problems.

The sludge came from a dredging project at Hawaii Kai Marina. It’s been going on for several months on Waianae Valley Road.

“This is done illegally. There is no grading permit for this nor is there a stockpiling permit nor did they file an application for that,” Environmentalist Carroll Cox said.

The city confirms that the company doesn’t have a permit to take the materials to the landfill. We saw them dropping it off at this property owned by SER Trucking. The city has received three complaints about illegal dumping and stockpiling here.

The Department of Planning and Permitting says it is in the process of taking enforcement action.

Cox says all that sludge from the marina could have harmful chemicals.

“You have lawns being groomed and planted and with fertilizers and you have insecticides and fungicides and all of that,” Cox said.

KHON2 contacted the company a few times and never got a call back so we went to the office on Waianae Valley Road. It was gated with an electronic lock and when we called again, a woman said no one, including herself, was in the office.

“Where would they be? Is there another office?” KHON2 asked.

“Okay, they’re on the road,” a woman replied.

Cox estimates there are thousands of tons already dumped at the site and more are on the way. A worker for the dredging company says about 10 to 12 truck loads are dumped there every day.

The city says it will issue a notice of violation, and if the violation is not corrected, then the city will impose fines.

A worker for the dredging company says the sludge is just mud and it’s harmless. The trucking company addressed the spill, saying it was caused by a broken lock on the latch. So they’re adding a third lock instead of just two.

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