- Associated Press - Monday, August 8, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency investigations are prompting the closure of government-owned, large capacity cesspools on Maui and the Big Island.

The EPA said Monday Hawaii County closed three illegal cesspools at the Hilo Drag Strip and the Hilo Trap and Skeet Range. The county is paying a $105,000 fine for the cesspools.

Maui County closed an illegal cesspool at the Maui Raceway Track and will pay a $33,000 fine.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed six illegal cesspools serving 12 rental cabins at Maui’s Waianapanapa State Park near Hana. The department will pay a $50,000 fine.

Large capacity cesspools discharge untreated sewage from buildings serving 20 or more people per day. The EPA required existing large cesspools to close in 2005 and prohibited new ones after 2000.

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