Cleanup Highlights

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 Kolekole Beach Park Lead-impacted Soil Response Action

At the Former Chevron Tanker Truck Loading Rack site located at 356 Pacific Street, Honolulu, Oʻahu (TMK 1-1-5-010-009), soil, groundwater, and soil vapor have been contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and metals, primarily due to former petroleum operations at the site. The HEER Office is soliciting public comment on a Draft Response Action Memorandum (RAM) which ...
Read More Proposed Cleanup: Chevron Tanker Truck Loading Rack (comments 6/3/2019 – 7/3/2019)

In 2016-2017, the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (DOE) conducted soil investigations at 23 schools in the Hilo-Waiākea and Kaʻū-Keaʻau-Pāhoa Complex Areas in DOE’s Hawaiʻi District. These investigations identified soils in open spaces and along building exteriors at these schools that were contaminated with arsenic, lead, and chlordane at concentrations above DOH environmental action levels (EALs). ...
Read More Site Investigation: DOE Hawaiʻi Schools Building Exterior Soils

The U.S. Navy has prepared a Record of Decision (ROD) presenting the selected remedy for the Pearl Harbor Sediment site, which is part of the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex NPL (National Priorities List) site, CERCLIS ID No. HI4170090076, located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. The NPL identifies priorities among known releases or threatened ...
Read More Final Cleanup Decision: Pearl Harbor Sediment

The HEER Office has approved a final cleanup action plan for a portion of the Old Hilo Canec Plant site near Waiākea Pond in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, TMK 3-2-2-030-017. The soils in parts of this site are known to be contaminated with arsenic that was used at the former canec plant to treat the canec panels ...
Read More Final Cleanup Decision: Old Hilo Canec Plant, 3/23/2018

The HEER Office is inviting public review and comment on the proposed draft Response Action Memorandum (Draft RAM) to address soil and groundwater contamination that has been identified on an approximately 25-acre portion of the former Waialua Sugar Mill in Waialua on Oʻahu, TMK 1-6-7-001-062 (portion). The environmental investigation at this site was carried out ...
Read More Proposed Cleanup: Waialua Sugar Mill (comments 3/4/2018 – 4/6/2018)

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.

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 HEER Office is overseeing a lead assessment and response action being conducted by the State Department of Transportation, Highways Division (DOT) at the Hakalau Stream Bridge site on Hawaiʻi Island. The soils near the base of the bridge columns were found to contain high levels of lead, presumably from lead paint used on the ...
Read More Cleanup Action: Hakalau Bridge & Beach Park Lead Contamination (10/20/2016)

The HEER Office has approved a final cleanup action plan for the former Hakalau/Pepe‘ekeo pesticide storage/mixing site at Hakalau on Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i 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

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/Pepe‘ekeo pesticide storage/mixing site at Hakalau on Hawai‘i 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)

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

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 (Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Maui, Kaho‘olawe, ...
Read More New Report: “Hawaiian Islands Soil Metal Background Evaluation”

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

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