HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Work is under way to clear lava rock from a Big Island trash transfer station.
Officials are getting ready to reopen the Pahoa solid waste transfer station on March 1. But first, crews need to clear rock left behind when lava poured through the station's fence in November.
The lava forced the transfer station to close but it's being reopened. County Environmental Management Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd tells Hawaii Tribune-Herald it's possible the lava could threaten the station again, but the risk is low for now.
She says the work will involve at least 40 truckloads and some of the more than 800 cubic yards of rock will remain for landscaping and other features.
She says it will cost between $85,000 and $100,000 to reopen the transfer station.