State Health Department officials are investigating the alleged illegal dumping of tons of potentially hazardous materials in Kalaeloa.
Investigators with Health Department's hazardous waste branch are testing the corrosiveness of the white powdery substance stored on land owned by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands near the Kalaeloa Airport.
The substance, calcium hydroxide, is used in construction but when left exposed to the elements and mixed with water becomes corrosive and can burn the skin and eyes.
"I'm just worried if it's hazardous to our lungs. We're breathing it all this time," said Chad Soares, owner of Soares Trucking next door.
The calcium hydroxide, or lime, is among the tons of used building materials dumped on the Kalaeloa property. The DHHL leases the property to FCS Inc., a local trucking company owned by Floyd Carns.
Carns referred all questions to the DHHL, which declined comment due to the Health Department's investigation.
"This is bad. This is bad for everyone's health. This is a major slap in the face for Hawaiian people," said George Grace, owner of Save Oahu's Race Tracks LLC.
If the Health Department finds that hazardous materials were illegally dumped, it could fine FCS or could refer the case to criminal investigators.
Area businesses say illegal dumping is huge problem in Kalaeloa.
"It's always been a dump site when we moved here. This whole area was a dump site," said Soares.