On the heels of the controversial ruling in the Na Wai Eha waters contested case, environmental Group Eathjustice announced today that it has filed suit against Alexander & Baldwin, parent company of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, over plans to build a water treatment plant in Wailuku.
From the Earthjustice release:
“The treatment plant would take contested stream flows from several Nä Wai ‘Eha streams, “the Four Great Waters” of Waihe’e River and Waiehu, ‘Iao, and Waikapu Streams on Maui, so that A&B can supply the treated water to its development projects and also sell it to Maui County. The proposal would redirect nine million gallons per day of diverted stream flows that A&B has claimed is essential for its Maui Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) plantation and instead use it for A&B’s land and water development plans. The lawsuit, filed in Hawai’i state court on Maui, seeks to invalidate the environmental impact statement (EIS) for A&B’s proposed “Wai’ale Treatment Facility” for its failures to examine any impacts on Na Wai ‘Eha streams and aquifers, explore available alternatives to the project, or disclose any information on the proposed water deal with the county.”