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$2.5M Proposed to Restore Natural Resources in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

MAY 7, 2021 — On April 23, 202, a Consent Decree was lodged that includes $2.5 million to restore natural resources injured by releases of hazardous substances at the Oahu Sugar site at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. 

Satellite image of Pearl Harbor.
Satellite image of Pearl Harbor. Image credit: NASA.

The Oahu Sugar Company Ltd. operated sugar cane fields and associated facilities on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and leased land at Pearl Harbor from the United States Department of Defense and Department of Navy from roughly 1947-1995. 

Over the years, these activities at the site, including storage, mixing, and loading of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, resulted in the release of hazardous substances in the environment. In 1997 the Hawaii Department of Health conducted surface soil sampling and the sampling results indicated high concentrations of pentachlorophenol (PCP), and dioxin

The public is invited to review and comment on this Consent Decree through May 24, 2021. More information is available on the NOAA Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program Website. 

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Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:44pm PST