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October 7, 2012
The Associated Press

State officials, feds get rid of contaminated soil

LIHUE - The state and federal governments say they've removed more than 800 tons of contaminated former sugar plantation soil in what is now a Kauai residential neighborhood.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health said last week that the soil contained residue of arsenic and dioxin from pesticides that were stored and mixed at the site.

The agencies filled the area with new clean soil and capped a drainage ditch with a concrete barrier.

The removed soil was safely disposed of at the Kekaha Landfill.


UH professor: Mexican migrants being targeted

HONOLULU - An ethnic studies professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa says state and federal immigration officials have disproportionately targeted Mexicans in Hawaii for detention and deportation.

Professor Monisha Das Gupta said that the number of immigration cases in Hawaii involving Mexicans goes against demographics in the state.

Das Gupta says roughly 10 percent of the 40,000 illegal immigrants in Hawaii are Mexican.

But of the 767 cases handled by Honolulu Immigration Court during fiscal 2011, 22 percent involved Mexicans. Cases involving Chinese nationals make up 24 percent of the cases, while Filipinos are involved in 20 percent of the cases.


Navy, AECOM ink $85M environmental agreement

HONOLULU - The U.S. Navy says it has awarded a contract worth up to $85 million over five years to

AECOM Technical Services Inc. as part of its environmental restoration program in the Pacific.

The service said Monday that the contract is for the Los Angeles-based firm's architecture, engineering, environmental and technical services.

Vice Commander Capt. Pete Lynch of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific says its restoration program is to responsibly protect environments around active bases.


Suspect faces charges in West Oahu beating death

WAIANAE, Oahu - A West Oahu man has been charged with manslaughter in the beating death of a man last weekend. The Honolulu prosecutor's office said Tuesday that Royce Gouveia's bail has been set at $250,000.

KITV-TV reports that the 27-year-old was arrested at the same Makaha address where a man was fatally shot in the face last month.



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