Take a close look at the photo above: you don’t often see the smokestacks of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Mill in Pu’unene without any smoke. It’s a rare sight, though the fact that it occurred today, the very day federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials flew out to discuss ways to isolate and mitigate haze that affects the visibility in Haleakala National Park, is fascinating. For her part, Meredith Ching, the spokesperson for Alexander & Baldwin (HC&S’ parent company), says the EPA meeting has nothing to do with the mill going offline:
“I spoke with Rick Volner, HC&S General Manager, and he explained that a little before 4 am this morning, an electrical fault on HC&S’ internal power distribution grid knocked all of its boilers and steam turbine generators offline. Crews have isolated the fault and are in the process of restarting the power plant. That’s what happened. Thanks for your interest.”
Anyway, you can click here for more information on the EPA meeting, which starts at 5:30pm tonight at UH Maui College.