Hawaii Island News, evening update, 07 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 07 September 2018.

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Windward planning commission seeks stricter short-term vacation rental laws
In an almost all-day session Thursday, the advisory board recommended greater changes even than the county Planning Department, which had 16 of its own proposed revisions to Bill 108. The bill, already more than a year in the making, goes to its next stop Sept. 20, when the Leeward Planning Commission takes it up. West Hawaii Today.

Wood-burning power plant raises environmental concerns
Hu Honua Bioenergy’s 21.5-megawatt plant will extract 21.6 million gallons of nondrinkable water daily from wells, circulate it past a steam turbine and other equipment, and then re-inject it into the ground. Critics claim that adding trace amounts of chemicals, some of which are hazardous, to the heated water and then pumping it 400 feet below ground will kill near-shore marine life, possibly pollute drinking water sources and could destabilize nearby sea cliffs.Civil Beat.

County preps to reopen Isaac Hale
Puna residents looking forward to jumping back into the ocean, and even digging their toes into a brand new black sand beach, have reason to rejoice. Mayor Harry Kim said he asked his staff Wednesday to begin planning for the reopening of Isaac Hale Beach Park, closed for all but one day since May because of the lower Puna eruption. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiian Kingdom supporters tell council “cease & desist
In lengthy public testimony before the Hawaii County Council meeting began in Hilo on Wednesday, Hawaiian Kingdom supporters spoke out in support of absent councilwoman Jen Ruggles, and her decision to “refrain from legislating”. Big Island Video News. 

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Russ Roberts