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High levels of lead contamination found on Pu'uloa Shoreline in Ewa Beach

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High Lead Contamination Found on Pu'uloa Shoreline in Ewa Beach

High levels of lead contamination have been discovered along the Pu'uloa shoreline in Ewa Beach on O'ahu.

HONOLULU (KITV-4) -- In January and February 2022, the Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter obtained samples of the sandy soils from the oceanside of impact berms and the beach area directly seaward of the Puʻuloa Range Training Facility (PRTF) in ʻEwa Beach. These areas are vulnerable to coastal erosion.

The samples were tested by Hawaii Analytical Laboratories, LLC. The results show lead concentrations of up to 14,000 mg/kg -- over 17 times the accepted public health levels for industrial areas, and 70 times the accepted level for residential areas. The Hawai’i Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office has established a lead standard of 200 mg/kg in residential areas and 800 mg/kg in industrial areas.

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