From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Residents living along a stretch of Central Oahu that includes Wahiawa and Kunia are most at risk from pollution from abandoned hazardous waste sites.High levels of lead paint, a suspected carcinogen, plague communities in Palolo Valley, Waipahu and large swaths of Kaimuki. And Waianae and Nanakuli,which have high levels of poverty,host much of the island’s hazardous waste . . . Locally, lawmakers and community leaders have protested adding additional power plants and waste dumps along the Waianae Coast, where the population is heavily Native Hawaiian. Last year, Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who represents the region, successfully sponsored a series of“environmental justice” bills that targeted illegal dumping and grading in the area . . . read more.