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The HEER Office is pleased to announce that it has awarded RFP-HEER-ER2016 to PENCO (Pacific Environmental Corporation). The HEER Office would like to thank all of the firms that submitted proposals and looks forward to working with them in the future. The Notice of Award is also posted at the State Procurement Office. For further ...
Read More Contract Awarded, DOH Emergency Environmental Response Support Services

We are pleased to announce that we have awarded RFP-HEER-NES2016-1 to Tetra Tech, Inc. for all three scopes of work: HEER Office Program-Specific Knowledge and Experience Ability to Quickly Engage Technical Experts UXO Expertise We would like to thank all of the firms that submitted proposals and look forward to working with them in the ...
Read More Contract Awarded, DOH Non-Emergency Environmental Response Support Services

The Joint Fact Finding Study Group has finalized its report, Pesticide Use by Large Agribusinesses on Kauaʻi. The report is available on the JFF Study Group’s webpage and at the links below. Transmittal Letter Report Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Public Comments

The Joint Fact Finding Study Group released a draft report entitled Pesticide Use by Large Agribusinesses on Kauaʻi. Read DOH’s comments on the technical aspects of and recommendations made in the the draft report. Draft Report Draft Appendix 1 Draft Appendix 2 HDOH’s comments For further information on DOH’s regulatory and research roles on non-target ...
Read More Draft Report: “Pesticide Use by Large Agribusinesses on Kauaʻi”

The Iwilei District encompasses approximately 315 acres of land in Honolulu and includes land owned privately and by the State of Hawaiʻi. The HEER Office is overseeing remediation of potentially hazardous contaminants of concern that are present in soil, groundwater, and soil gas at various locations within the Iwilei District. Widespread, shallow petroleum contamination related ...
Read More New Areawide EHMP: Iwilei District Programmatic EHE/EHMP

Due to inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Ana, the HEER Office’s upcoming UXO Forum will be postponed to a later date. As your attendance is important to us, we will contact you when we re-schedule the event. Thank you for your support in our effort of UXO awareness and education.

The HEER Office has approved a final cleanup action plan for the former Hakalau/Pepeʻekeo pesticide storage/mixing site at Hakalau on Hawaiʻi Island (TMKs 3-2-9-002-079 & 3-2-9-002-081). The soils on a portion of this site are known to be contaminated with arsenic at levels that require action to reduce potential for future exposures. A 2-page fact ...
Read More Final Cleanup Decision: Hakalau Pesticide Mixing Site

The HEER Office has approved a final cleanup action plan for the former Kohala Sugar Company pesticide storage/mixing site located near Hāwī on Hawaiʻi Island, TMK 3-5-5-019-025 (portion). The soils on a portion of this site are known to be contaminated with arsenic and dioxins at levels that require action to reduce potential for future ...
Read More Final Cleanup Decision: Kohala Sugar Pesticide Mixing Site

Given the increased community concerns on Kauaʻi and elsewhere about pesticide drift, the HEER Office has created a web page with documents and links addressing various aspects of pesticide use in Hawaiʻi. Follow this link to go directly to the findings of the 2013-14 State Wide Pesticide Sampling Pilot Project.

Vanadium is naturally occurring in Hawaiʻi’s drinking water and not considered to be harmful at the levels present. 2014-05-29 HDOH Statement regarding vanadium in drinking water

The HEER Office is inviting public review and comment on proposed cleanup actions at the former Kohala pesticide mixing site near Hāwī, North Kohala district, Hawaiʻi Island (TMK 3-5-5-019-025, portion). The soils on a portion of this site are known to be contaminated with arsenic and dioxins at levels that require action to reduce potential ...
Read More Proposed Cleanup: Kohala Sugar Pesticide Mixing Site (comments 12/5/2013 – 1/8/2014)

Information and Updates

The HEER Office would like to thank those who attended our 5/3/2013 public meeting and responded with comments to our draft Iwilei Programmatic Environmental Hazard Evaluation (EHE) and Environmental Hazard Management Plan (EHMP). The purpose of the EHE/EHMP is to provide guidance on the proper management of contaminated soil and groundwater encountered during installation and ...
Read More Draft Areawide EHMP: Iwilei District (Mauka of Nimitz Highway) Draft Programmatic EHE/EHMP

The HEER Office is inviting public review and comment on proposed cleanup actions at the former Hakalau/Pepeʻekeo pesticide storage/mixing site at Hakalau on Hawaiʻi Island (TMKs 3-2-9-002-079 and 3-2-9-002-081). The soils on a portion of this site are known to be contaminated with arsenic at levels that require action to reduce potential for future exposures. ...
Read More Proposed Cleanup: Hakalau Pesticide Storage/Mixing Site (comments 5/15/2013 – 6/20/2013)

Draft Updates to Section 7 of our Technical Guidance Manual (TGM): Soil Vapor and Indoor Air Sampling Guidance are available on the TGM Website.

Kīlauea Removal Action Community Meeting Notice EPA Cleanup of Kīlauea PMA Fact Sheet July 2012 Kīlauea Kekaha Landfill Disposal Fact Sheet News Release: U.S. EPA, Hawaiʻi Department of Health clean up soil in Kīlauea neighborhood

HDOH is making available a report on the human health risks of 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), a contaminant found in some sources of drinking water in Hawaiʻi. The purpose of the report is to review the available data on the potential human health effects of TCP as a drinking water contaminant and evaluate the adequacy of Hawaiʻi’s ...
Read More New Report: “Human Health Risks of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane in Tap Water”

The HEER Office is soliciting public comment on its Draft Response Action Memorandum for the Hickam Communities Remedial Action site. Soils at the site contain elevated levels of organochlorine pesticides due to past application of termiticides. The HEER Office is proposing a remedy to address this hazard that combines engineering controls (soil caps and geotextile marker layers) ...
Read More Proposed Cleanup: Hickam Communities Remedial Action

The Hawaiian Islands background metals study has been in progress for several years and incorporates soil sample data from several technical and scientific sources. This report presents an evaluation of naturally occurring background concentrations of metals and related elements in the volcanic soils of the seven main Hawaiian islands (Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Maui, Kahoʻolawe, ...
Read More New Report: “Hawaiian Islands Soil Metal Background Evaluation”

The HEER Office is providing the following information in response to a 4/30/2012 Honolulu Star-Advertiser article (“Biologist: Hanalei river, bay should be tested”): The concentrations of arsenic, barium, chromium and lead reported by Hanalei River Heritage Foundation are within anticipated natural background levels for the volcanic soils and related sediments of the Hawaiian Islands. The ...
Read More HEER Office response to Hanalei River Heritage Foundation concerns

The HEER Office has completed extensive subsurface soil sampling of the former pesticide mixing and storage operation affecting three properties on Aʻalona Place in Kīlauea on the island of Kauaʻi. The final report is now available for public review. The report findings will be used by DOH, the U.S. EPA, and the County of Kauaʻi ...
Read More Site Investigation: Kīlauea Sugar Pesticide Mixing Area

A new Fact Sheet and Sampling Guide for Organochlorine Termiticides at Residential Sites have been posted on the HEER Office Website, Technical Guidance and Fact Sheet page. Past Use of Chlordane, Dieldrin, and other Organochlorine Pesticides for Termite Control in Hawaiʻi: Safe Management Practices around Treated Foundations or during Building Demolition A Guide to Soil ...
Read More Fact Sheet and Sampling Guide: Organochlorine Termiticides at Residential Sites

Read how brownfields and contaminated sites affect development in Hawaiʻi: Toxic Waste in Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Business Magazine, 6/6/2011  

The HEER Office is continuing investigation of soil contamination from a former pesticide mixing and storage operation affecting two properties on Aʻalona Place in Kīlauea on the island of Kauaʻi. This summer we plan to collect more than 90 samples to further delineate the areas of contamination in preparation for a removal action. Download the ...
Read More Site Investigation: Kīlauea Sugar Pesticide Mixing Area

The HEER Office collaborated with two other state agencies, the Hawaiʻi Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the Hawaiʻi Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR), to present the Hawaiʻi Build and Buy Green + Brownfields Redevelopment + Green Workforce Development Conference and Expo on 5/24/2011. This was the first year that ...
Read More Fifth Hawaiʻi Brownfields Forum, 5/24/2011