Stop Illegal Dumping of Dredging Material

Target: American Marine Corporation Senior Management

Goal: Stop illegally dumping dredging material

Amid growing complaints from residents, the City of Honolulu has cited SER Trucking for the use of improper grading permits for a Hawaii Kai dredging project. The project’s goal is to make the Hawaii Kai waterway deeper and safe for boating through the removal of 55,000 cubic yards of material. Despite the citation, the company insists it has the proper permits and continues to dump the material at a site in a nearby city.

Residents who live near the site are appalled at the company’s attitude towards the issue. According to Hawaii News Now, when word of the citation first surfaced, the company claimed that the dredging material was safe and contained nothing that could harm residents. Even though the material comes from a naturally formed mountain location, local environmental activist Carroll Cox pointed out that it is possible that the material contains “oils, grease and pesticides” (Hawaii News Now).

It is impossible to know if the sludge contains harmful substances because the company has improper permits. Residents worry that if the material contains harmful substances their children will be exposed and negatively affected. The site is adjacent to a park that hundreds of children pass through and use each day. This park is next to a dry stream bed that floods during periods of heavy rain. Furthermore, residents worry that the sludge will ultimately travel to the ocean via this stream bed, threatening marine life and the ecosystem.

SER Trucking is a subcontractor for American Marine Corporation, the company hired to complete this five million dollar project. As the company that was hired, American Marine Corporation is responsible for the actions of its subcontractors, and needs to ensure that they abide by all city and state laws.

By signing the petition below, you will urge American Marine Corporation to stop SER Trucking’s illegal dumping and to better manage future subcontractors.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear American Marine Corporation Senior Management,

The subcontractor hired to move dredging material for the Hawaii Kai Marina project has been cited by the City of Honolulu for using improper grading permits. Despite this citation, the company continues to dump the sludge on a site in a nearby city. Ignoring the citation shows great disrespect towards the City of Honolulu, the environment, and the residents who live near the site, as well as puts the reputation of American Marine Corporation at risk.

As the contractor hired for this project, it is your responsibility to ensure all subcontractors abide by city and state laws. We are urging you to rectify the permit issues and to better manage SER Trucking’s activities.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Public Affairs U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District via Flickr.com

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