Emergency Permit to Department of the Navy
For the Destruction of Waste Military Munitions
By Detonation at Waipio Peninsula
State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch, 2827 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782, will soon be issuing a State Hazardous Waste Emergency Permit in conformance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to the Department of the Navy, EPA ID# HIR000001115 Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Waipio Peninsula Annex.
This permit is issued under authority of the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) chapter 11-270-1 and the 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 270.61, which allow issuance of temporary emergency permits for non-permitted activities in the event the Director finds imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment. This permit allows the Navy to mitigate a threat to human health and the environment caused by military munitions that have become unstable. The munitions are currently stored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Waipio Peninsula Annex, Oahu, Hawaii. The munitions are unsafe for further storage, handling and transportation to a permitted treatment or disposal facility on the continental United States. The permit allows the Navy to treat the identified waste military munitions by controlled intentional detonations at the designated site on Waipio Peninsula.
A maximum of 90 detonation events will be allowed. Each detonation event will use no more than 15 pounds net explosive weight. At no time will the public be at risk. The project site is located within a secured area on Navy property at Waipio Peninsula. Detonations will be conducted in accordance with the respective Work Plan, Health & Safety Plan, Standard Operating Procedures, and Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board-approved Explosives Safety Submission. Detonations will be conducted in trench excavations and covered with sandbags and soil to mitigate fragmentation hazard, over-pressurization and noise.
This emergency permit shall be effective for ninety (90) calendar days from the issuance of the permit. In the event that more time is needed to complete these activities beyond the initial 90 days, the Navy may request additional permits from the Department of Health.
Inquiries regarding this permit should be directed to: Mr. Paul Kalaiwaa, State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch, 2827 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782, (808) 586-4226.