HILO >> The Hawaii State Department of Health issued a final cleanup action report for two vacant lots in Hilo contaminated with arsenic.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald says the report recommends removing the contaminated soil in commercial lots near Waiakea Villas and hauling it to the West Hawaii landfill. The report says cleanup would cost about $312,825.
The soil is contaminated with arsenic from a former plant that used sugarcane bagasse to create canec, a wall- and ceiling-board panel used extensively in Hawaii until the 1970s.
A prospective purchaser was required to pay for the study, while the Department of Health provides oversight.
Department of Health Remediation Project Manager John Peard says the purchaser is interested in a commercial development.
Peard says this is the fourth such study done on the property in the past 15 years.
The properties are owned by the David De Luz Sr. Trust.