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Second Amendment: Supreme Court win in Young v Hawaii

Ige appoints Leo Asuncion to lead Public Utilities Commission

Compared to 2019 Tourist Count Down 8.4% -- Spending up 10.6%

Full Text: DoD Releases Revised Red Hill Report

Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders flee Honolulu for Las Vegas and Sacramento

SA: …  The biggest growth for Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders took place in metro Las Vegas’ Clark County and California’s Sacramento County….

the biggest decline for Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders was in Honolulu….

the US Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander population grew by almost 26,000 people, all primarily through natural increase….

read … Counties in Nevada and California see biggest growth of Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

Hu Honua Attorneys Appeal To Hawaii Supreme Court

CB: … Honua Ola Bioenergy filed an appeal with the Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday after the Public Utilities Commission rejected an amended power purchase agreement with Hawaiian Electric Co.

After protracted regulatory proceedings spanned years, the PUC finally closed the docket on Hu Honua on June 24, rejecting motions for reconsideration by Hu Honua and Hawaiian Electric.

The commission said, in essence, that it stands by its earlier conclusion that the tree-burning plant would not serve the public interest. It cited significant greenhouse gas emissions, doubts about carbon sequestration plans and high-cost electricity consumers would be forced to pay over the 30-year life cycle of the project….

IM: Proposed Hu Honua Tree-Burning Facility in Fourth Appeal to Hawaii Supreme Court

read … Hu Honua Attorneys Appeal To Hawaii Supreme Court

City fined $116,000 for safety violations after worker’s death at sewage plant

HNN: … A newly-released state investigation raises questions about whether the death of a Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant worker could have been prevented.

Gilbert Chang died in a tank at the sewage facility last November.

The city was fined $116,000 after state Occupational Safety and Health inspectors found close to a dozen safety violations.

According to the city Medical Examiner’s Office, Chang died of natural causes related to his heart. But some believe his life could have been saved had proper safety measures been in place to get him out of the tank he was working in faster….

“They say they discovered the victim,” Cox said. “The protocol is you don’t lose line of sight when you’re in the tank.”

Cox believes the worker should have never been left alone.

The state also confirms the 64-year-old also wasn’t wearing a rescue harness. According to the report, employees were not provided with that piece of safety equipment….

It was one of nine violations documented ― everything from safety devices and safeguards not in sound and operable condition, to improper ventilation and problems with the plant’s confined space rescue plan….

read … City fined $116,000 for safety violations after worker’s death at sewage plant

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