Families who children attend Makalapa Elementary, Radford High School and Navy Keiki Hale School are being asked to attend a meeting this Thursday.
The Navy will detail a plan to remove truckloads of soil contaminated with mercury, lead arsenic and dioxin. It turns out the site used to be a Navy landfill where its believed incinerator ash may have been disposed.
"Now we have access to the site, we will be doing testing as well to verify their numbers to make sure we know what we are dealing with, and to make sure the contaminated soil will be taken to the right location and handled correctly," said NavFac public affairs officer Denise Emsley.
Work will begin this week on building a temporary road in order to avoid a heavily used exit and entry between Makalapa Elementary and Radford High School campuses which empties onto Salt Lake Boulevard.
"A temporary access road is being constructed behind the Navy Keiki Hale School from the Radford track area. It will exit on Bougainville Boulevard. This temporary road will provide a safe path for the trucks from the cleanup area. In early September to mid-October we will be excavating. We will be excavating the track area and the football field,” said Emsley.
Once that work is complete crews will put down a liner and bring in clean soil.
The Navy said it will also be responsible for cleaning up two sites where the soil was taken before anyone realized it was contaminated.
KITV first reported that state health officials traced it to a construction site behind the Kapolei courthouse.
It is not easily accessible and it has since been covered.
But part of the load was diverted to a second location.
”Some of that contaminated soil ended up on Oahu's windward side.
Health officials said a homeowner from the Haiku Plantation subdivision called up worried that he had some of that contaminated dirt in his backyard.
"We plan to start the cleanup at the Kaneohe site around the same time we start the work in early September as the Radford site. They believe it’s the same debris from Radford and that's why the Navy has stepped in to remove the debris. I am not sure when the Kapolei will be taken care of," said Emsley.
The homeowner who asked not to be identified, told KITV a contractor brought in two truckloads of soil for work on a retaining wall.
He just wants the dirt removed so his grandchildren can play in his yard again.