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BECQ to conduct contaminated soil cleanup on Managaha

TO address environmental concerns caused by contaminated soil and some metal remains on Managaha the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality will conduct a major cleanup there next year.

A recent investigation by BECQ indicated that some sites on the tourist destination have contaminated soil due to old buried drums as well as rusted metal and marine batteries.

This environmental concern was brought up in 2010 by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Historical Preservation Office, and since then BECQ said it has been conducting assessment projects on Managaha.

However, it added, the assessment was not able to fully determine the historical origin of the drums and the contamination.

To prevent further soil contamination which may impact the ecosystem in the area, BECQ said it will remove contaminated soils, old rusty drums and discarded marine batteries.

But BECQ said Managaha is still a safe place for residents and visitors because the contamination is limited and contained at sites which are frequently visited by the public.

“The actions we are about to take are designed to prevent any further impact on the environment or human health,” BECQ said. “Contamination and exposure are strictly limited to localized areas identified.”

The project is expected to start next year and will be federally funded.

BECQ is now conducting a procurement process to identify and select a contractor that will conduct the cleanup.

BECQ said it will work with the contractor to develop a schedule that will not affect the daily visits by tourists.

“All safety measures will be implemented during the project to ensure that safety of the public and the environment is protected at all times,” BECQ said.