Mayor Michael Victorino departs for Washington, D.C., tonight to hear oral arguments in Maui County’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Lahaina injection wells case.
“This is a case of historic importance regarding home rule for Maui County,” Mayor Victorino said. “For decades, Maui County has produced clean, safe recycled water, regulated under the federal and state Safe Drinking Water acts. Requiring compliance under an inappropriate regulatory scheme provided under the Clean Water Act would risk staggering costs of retrofitting treatment plants, jeopardize our recycled water program and expose our taxpayers and ratepayers to endless, costly legal battles over a new interpretation of regulations for wastewater disposal.”
“I am looking forward to Maui County having its day in court before the highest court in our country. Federal circuit courts have rendered varying decisions on the applicability of the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court can now settle this matter, and the county can manage its operations and resources with certainty under the law for the benefit of our residents and environment.”
While in the nation’s capital, Mayor Victorino also plans to meet with members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation to discuss environmental and budgetary issues.
The cost of Mayor Victorino’s travel is estimated to be approximately $3,000 for airfare and hotel accommodations.