UPDATE MAR 13, 2013: DOH CAB advises today they have issued the HC&S’s agricultural burn permit for the 2013 season, with the following modifications:
- ·requiring specific pre-burn conditions on all fields rather than just those fields that are close to public areas;
- ·providing more clarity and requiring additional documentation when conducting additional burns;
- ·requiring photos be taken of the plume behavior where practical;
- ·expanding the pre-burn requirements to include assessing existing air quality monitoring data, VOG conditions/predictions and rainfall conditions;
- ·increasing the monitoring frequency to mitigate smoldering flare ups; and
- ·establishing visible smoke impact levels for public areas.
HC&S’s agricultural permit and other information on cane burning can be found at the following link: http://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/air/cab/cab_monitoring/caneburn_index.html
This afternoon (2/27/13), the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and well as the Hawaii Department of Health, Clean Air Branch (DOH-CAB) traveled to Maui to meet with an invited group of stakeholders (including KCA), concerning the general operations of Alexandra & Baldwin’s (A & B), Hawaii Commercial and Sugar (H C & S) and its effect on the Island’s air quality.