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MECO ranks in statewide list for pollution

January 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed Maui Electric Company in its list of top ten polluters for 2010. MECO's Kahului power station was fifth, with 190,022 pounds of chemicals released, and Ma'alaea ranked 10th with 84,199 pounds.

This is a 15 percent decline in emissions when compared to 2009, according to MECO spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson. "Maui Electric, along with Hawaiian Electric and Hawai'i Electric Light Company, contributed to this decline in part by using less fuel and using fuel with less sulfur content," said Awai-Dickson.

Number one on the list is Hawaiian Electric's station at Kahe Point with 550,651 pounds of chemicals. Second was Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 420,761 pounds.

The EPA evaluates releases of chemicals into air, water, land, underground and anything transferred off site for disposal.

"Release data alone are not sufficient to determine exposure or to calculate potential risks to human health and the environment," said the EPA spokesperson.

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