For decades, Maui County has been pressured to seek a Clean Water Act permit for discharges of partly treated effluent from its Lahaina sewage treatment plant into nearshore waters. The effluent is pumped into injection wells deep into the ground, where it mixes with groundwater that then flows into the sea.
In 2012, four environmental groups – the Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club-Maui Group, the Surfrider Foundation, and the West Maui Preservation Association – sued the county in federal court after dye-tracer studies definitively showed a connection between pollutants in the waters off . . .
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