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Environmental research slated at former Olowalu Rifle Range

By Staff | Mar 28, 2019

LAHAINA – The Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) announced that a public information meeting for the former Olowalu Rifle Range Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center (small meeting room).

The former Olowalu Rifle Range is located four miles southeast of Lahaina and was used for small arms training by the HIARNG from 1931 to approximately 1961. In August 2012, the HIARNG completed a site inspection under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act that determined that metals contamination is present in the surface soils.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), HIARNG and their contractor conducting the RI/FS will present proposed fieldwork efforts and address any questions regarding the project.

The RI/FS will enable USACE and HIARNG to assess any remaining metals contamination at the site.

Proposed activities during the RI/FS include geophysical and visual surveys, and environmental soil sampling to determine type, quantity and concentration of metals potentially present in surface soil.

The results of the RI/FS will be used to determine if human health or ecological risks exist, and whether further remedial actions are required at the former Olowalu Rifle Range site.

For information, contact the Hawaii National Guard Public Affairs Office at (808) 441-7000.