State drafts Kilauea sugar mill soil cleanup plan

Published: Jul. 30, 2012 at 8:16 AM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - State and federal officials plan to meet residents to discuss upcoming plans to clean up former sugar plantation soil in what is now a Kauai residential neighborhood.

Deputy Director Gary Gill will give a short presentation on the findings of the department's investigation at Thursday's meeting at the Kilauea School cafeteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's William Duncan will discuss what steps the EPA will take, in coordination with the county and state, to clean up the site.

The agencies plan to remove soils affected by pesticides from two residential yards in Kilauea. They also plan to isolate contaminated soils on a commercial property next door.

The neighborhood was built on the site of the old Kilauea Sugar Mill. Sugar cane farmers once mixed arsenic with pesticide to manage crops.

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