New Details Emerge About Landfill Spill Response04/05/2011
A huge weekend data and document dump from the Hawaii Department of Health raises more questions than it answers about the government's response to the January spill at Waimanalo Gulch Landfill.
The release — which included 20 different PDF documents totaling more than 1,000 pages and weighing in at nearly 150 combined megabytes — came in response to open records request from Civil Beat, other Hawaii media and even the city government.
It featured internal emails between Health Department staffers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City and County of Honolulu and landfill operator Waste Management. It also included water sampling reports, maps and pictures.
Some of the information had already been available to the public — whether via Civil Beat's coverage of the landfill spill or our publication of Waste Management's progress reports on a timeline.
Here are the most interesting revelations contained in the newly-released documents, based on Civil Beat's first pass through: