HC&S claims there are hardly any complaints when they re-apply for their open air burning permit. We need to document each complaint.
Please include this info with your complaint:
Time & Date
What happened (e.g. smoke in your house)
Your name and address (we never print personal info)
HC&S is given a yearly open field burn permit (See 2012 Permit here), by the State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch. The 2012 Agricultural Burning Permit covered 15,439 acres (roughly half of sugar cane production) from March 20th through October 10th Delays in burning caused HC&S to continue burning into December – unfortunately during a week of vog. Supposedly there is no burning in December, January and February.
If you are in smoke at ground level report the: day, time, and location to the Dept of Health, Clean Air Branch (DOH-CAB), and to specifically ask to register a complaint. Please be sure to include: Your name & address, date, time, location of smoke.
Emailing to all will send a copy to us and we’ll remove your personal info (except initials) and post it here to make sure that DOH counts ALL the complaints:
If you experienced health effects please fill out the Maui Tomorrow Cane Burning Health Survey
Blake Shiigi, DOH-CAB Environmental Health Specialist (Maui) email@example.com 808 984-8234
Lisa Young, DOH-CAB Environmental Health Specialist (Oahu)CAB.General@doh.hawaii.gov
Gary Gill, Deputy Director of Environmental Health (Oahu)
Additionally, it would be good to cc letters or messages to HC&S and the EPA:
Kerry Drake, EPA Region 9 Air Quality Specialist (San Francisco)
Drake.kerry@ epa.gov (or try firstname.lastname@example.org )
Rick Volner, Jr., HC&S General Plantation Manager
email@example.com 808 877-6961
To alert the Mayor’s Office that you are contacting these agencies, you may cc:
Rob Parsons, Maui County Environmental Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
To include all nine County Council members: County.email@example.com
You may also wish to contact Governor Abercrombie who is ultimately responsible for whether the Hawai’i State Department of Health adequately protects our lungs from cane smoke. You may wish to ask him why the rules governing no-burn days are so vague and how rules that are only visual can be used when DOH allows HC&S to start burning in the dark at 3am. You may also wish to ask him why DOH gives so many exceptions to the requirement that HC&S not allow smoke to enter our homes, business, parks, etc.
The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
Governor, State of Hawai’i
Executive Chambers, ?State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813
You can fax the Governor your request for better and more accountable DOH performance by using this free online fax company: FaxZero.com