EPA: Pohakuloa Training Area among the top 10 polluters in Hawai’i

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reported that the Pohakuloa Training Area made the EPA’s top 10 polluters list for Hawai’i in 2010:

A Hilo power plant and the Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released list of the state’s top 10 industrial polluters for 2010.


The Army’s training area and range facility on Saddle Road ranked ninth among reported polluters in the state, with 96,397 pounds of chemicals reported. PTA was not on the top 10 list for 2009. According to data on the EPA’s website, all of the waste is metals or metal compounds, with 39,725 pounds classified as PBTs, or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals. Both categories include lead.

A call early Thursday afternoon to Army Garrison Hawaii’s public affairs office was not returned in time for this story.

Six of the top 10 industrial polluters were in Honolulu County, all located in Leeward Oahu. The perennial top polluter, Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Kahe Point generating station near Kapolei is again atop the list with 550,651 pounds of pollutants, and joint Navy and Air Force Facility Pearl Harbor-Hickam is second, with 420,761 pounds. Two other Leeward Oahu power plants, the Waiau generating station in Pearl City and the AES facility in Kapolei, ranked fourth and seventh, respectively.

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