Business Roundup: 10-01-18

Biz action day Oct. 11

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is hosting the Kona Business Action Center Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the County of Hawaii West Hawaii Civic Center, Department of Research and Development, second floor, Building C, just above the DMV.

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DCCA will be available to assist with Hawaii State business registrations, general excise tax applications, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and other business filing questions. Walk-ins welcome.

Chevron fined for waste violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Chevron Products Co. over hazardous waste violations at their former facility in Kapolei, Oahu. The company will pay a $48,000 penalty as part of the consent order, a press release from the EPA stated.

“Facilities must manage hazardous waste in ways that protect public health and the environment,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Enforcement Division Director Kathleen Johnson. “Proper hazardous waste handling, storage and reporting help ensure these substances do not harm workers or surrounding communities.”

Chevron, which owned and operated the Kapolei refinery facility until the end of 2016, was fined for:

• Improperly characterizing hazardous waste, including treating stormwater discharge as non-hazardous, and not identifying cleaning sludge waste as a listed hazardous waste;

• Failing to include all waste codes on the hazardous waste manifest; and

• Not keeping proper records of the type of waste sent to treatment and disposal facilities.

EPA’s hazardous waste rules require facilities to properly store, label, and send hazardous waste to permitted treatment and disposal facilities. Proper disposal of hazardous waste is required at a federally permitted disposal site.

Women Farmers Workshop Oct. 16

Women farmers and ranchers across the Big Island are invited to build their business skills at a Women Farmers Workshop scheduled for Oct. 16 in Captain Cook. The workshop is produced by Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, and will be held at Big Island Bees from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will include presentations on marketing, value-added enterprise and agri-tourism, and a behind-the-scenes tour with Whendi Grad of Big Island Bees. Participants will be provided informational tools and the opportunity to connect with other women farmers.

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Cost is $20 and includes lunch and workshop materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Visit http://womenfarmersbigisland.eventbrite.com to register. More information available at http://oahurcd.org/womenfarmers/