New report released on investigation of pesticide contamination at Kauai sugar mill site

KILAUEA, Kauai (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Health Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office released a new report on the investigation of the former Kilauea Sugar Pesticide Mixing Area.

According to the report, test results from samples collected in August 2011 confirm contamination from historic use of pesticides containing arsenic and dioxins. Majority of the contamination is limited to two residential lots and one commercial property.

To ensure public safety, officials have covered and fenced the contaminated soil to prevent access.

The DOH says removal of the affected soil is required to further protect human health and the environment, in addition to minimizing potential future exposure to pesticide contamination.

"The report helps us determine the best way to eliminate public exposure to contaminated soil and keep Kilauea safe for children, families and visitors," DOH Deputy Director for Environmental Health Gary Gill said. "The state Department of Health is working closely with the County of Kauai to coordinate response activities."

Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the DOH for their efforts in this matter.

"I would like to thank the Department of Health for ensuring residents are thoroughly informed as the clean-up project moves forward. The safety and well being of our residents is our highest priority."

The state has requested federal assistance to from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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