SOURCE: Kenneth Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SUBHEAD: GMO companies seek to avoid reports on dumping of GMO effluent into Pacific Ocean.
By Juan Wilson on 16 August 2015 in Island Breath -
Image above: USGS Mana Quadrangle Map from 1910 showing the healthy wetlands now occupied by the GMO chemical companies along with the military and defense contractors. From (http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-golden-plain.html).
This morning I received an email from Kenneth Schwartz concerning GMO companies (Dow, Syngenta, BASF, DuPont) trying to avoid the reporting on their field effluents going into into the Pacific Ocean.
It should be remembered that after 911 the US Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility reduced public access and expanded its leased area and responsibilities on the Mana Plain. That included taking over the the control of the pumps that control the ditches taking water off the Mana Plain fields.
Ken includes a recent letter (PDF) from Gary Hooser objecting to the ADC getting any exemption to the EPA-required permit requirements of environmental reports. Ken's email text follows:
I’m sure you may know of this since you have your finger constantly on the pulse of Kauai. But I thought I’d forward anyway.
It appears our eco friendly (Ha!) The ADC, the land manager for State agricultural lands, is seeking to be "exempt" from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements.
Their primary tenants on the land are the four large agrochemical companies. They are seeking to be exempt from reporting outfalls on the Mana Plain from the Kawai'eli and Nohili pump stations which deposit directly into the Pacific at above Majors Bay and at Polihale. Councilman Hooser has responded but still needs our help. Read on...
By the way - oddly enough, it appears there was no outfalls reported between Aug. 2014 and July 2015. Hardly seems believable.
September 9, 2015
The same memorandum further states the new standards include more stringent requirements re: " discharge limits for priority pollutants such as pesticides and herbicides, and the fact that the receiving waters would be various ditches (and not the ocean as under the existing permit)[.]"
Also as a reference, below are the two Discharge Monitoring Reports (DRMs) from late 2014 and early 2015. See (DMR2nd2014) and (DMR1st2015).