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Sampling Results: Since beginning sampling on 10/16/2017, no petroleum has been detected at Kaimana Beach nor in the surface water intake of the Waikīkī Aquarium. The grounded fishing boat Pacific Paradise was successfully removed from the reef, towed and disposed of 13 nautical miles south of Pearl Harbor on 12/7/2017.

Act 162, SLH 2017 (Relating to Tier II Filing Fees for Reporting of Hazardous Substances) was signed into law on July 11, 2017. This Act amended the Hawaiʻi Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act to increase the Tier II filing fee from $100 to $200 annually (HRS 128E-9).  

The 2011 HEER Office document Guidance for Soil Stockpile Characterization and Evaluation of Imported and Exported Fill Material was updated in October 2017. Updates primarily pertain to regulation of soil as a waste under RCRA. The updated guidance is available on the HEER Technical Guidance web page.

Updates to Section 7 of the HEER Office Technical Guidance Manual for soil vapor sample collection have been posted for public review. The updates primarily address the incorporation of Large Volume Purge (LVP) sampling methods for testing of sub-slab vapors and evaluation of vapor intrusion risk. Significant updates are highlighted in yellow in the text. ...
Read More Draft TGM Update, Section 7: Large-Volume Purge Vapor Sampling

Alert: FDA warns Americans about risk of inaccurate results from certain lead tests. CDC recommends retesting for certain children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.

The HEER Office is overseeing a lead in soil assessment and response action at Kolekole Gulch Park on Hawaiʻi Island by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Transportation, Highways Division (DOT). The soils under the grass below the Kolekole Stream Bridge and within Kolekole Gulch Park have been impacted by lead. The Hawaiʻi County Department of ...
Read More Cleanup Action: Kolekole Gulch Park Lead Contamination, 4/28/2017

The Hawaiʻi Department of Health and the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, along with partners U.S. EPA Region 9, the University of Hawaiʻi, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics are sponsoring a free one-day symposium on 3/11/2017 focusing on children’s environmental health ...
Read More Upcoming Event: Children’s Environmental Health Symposium on 3/11/2017