Coast Guard Cleans Up Ilio Point

U.S. Coast Guard News Release

A previously used dump site has been discovered at the base of a cliff at Ilio Point, and the Coast Guard has begun an environmental cleanup project to remove the hazardous materials.

The dump was used prior to 1966 when the Coast Guard operated a Long Range Navigation Station on Molokai. Testing of the site has indicated concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs, as well as heavy metals. A contractor has been hired to remove the waste and return the environment to its natural state.

The Coast Guard will be conducting an open house followed by a town hall meeting at the Maunaloa Community Center on Oct. 28. The public is invited to attend from 3:30 – 6 p.m. to discuss the project and receive information on the materials being removed and the effect on the environment. Representatives from the Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Honolulu will be available to answer questions at the town hall meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the event please contact the 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office in Honolulu at (808) 535-3230.

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