Housing project stalled after lead, arsenic found

Housing project stalled after lead, arsenic found

HONOLULU (AP) - Contaminated soil has halted redevelopment of a Hilo public housing complex.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1X5P6Zl) the housing site has been empty for over 10 years.

Health officials say high levels of arsenic, lead and chlordane are probably tied to lead paint and pesticides that stayed in the soil decades after their use was banned.

All samples tested higher than the health department's safe level for arsenic, with some as high as 45 times the limit.

Health official John Peard says levels are not safe for people to live there.

He said the concern is the long-term cancer hazard.

The public can comment through June 16 on a remediation plan estimated to cost between $45,950 and $124,920.

The late Sen. Gil Kahele secured $7.5 million to fund the redevelopment.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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