Puna Geothermal fined for clean air violations

Puna Geothermal Venture (Photo courtesy energy.hawaii.gov)

Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant has been fined for violating the state’s air pollution law (HRS §342B-11).

The Hawaii State Department of Health cited Puna Geothermal Venture for operational, emission and notification violations relating to the unabated release of hydrogen sulfide on Aug. 7, 2014.

Click here to read the full notice.

The release, which occurred during Tropical Storm Iselle, prompted Hawaii County Civil Defense to issue an alert for several Big Island neighborhoods.

According to the department, the violations were documented and confirmed in excess emissions reports submitted by PGV and during inspections conducted by DOH staff.

The company must pay a $23,700 fine or request a hearing to contest the violation.

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