Needles and vials foul beaches after storm water hits a landfill, leading a state official to say it “should never have happened”
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 15, 2011
The part-time Ko Olina residents did not see what was inside the bags, but they had read in yesterday’s Star-Advertiser about the medical waste that had washed ashore at the West Oahu resort’s lagoons and elsewhere along the Leeward Coast.
“How can medical supplies wash from the dump all the way down here?” Roger Mehrer said. “That’s what surprised me.”
Gary Gill, state deputy health director for environmental health, said, “Obviously, this situation should never have happened.”
Contributed by Star Advertiser and Columnist Gordon Pang.