Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
Conditions at Proposal (May 10, 1993): Del Monte Corp.'s Oa hu Plantation occupies 6,000 acres in Honolulu County, Hawaii, ne ar the small village of Kunia on the coastal plain of the Island of Oahu. The area surrounding the plantation is used mostly for agricultural and military purposes. Del Monte has cultivated pin eapple on the plantation since the 1940s. In pineapple agricultu re, fumigants are used to control nematodes that infest the pinea pple root. The dominant fumigant used at the plantation from the 1940s until 1983 was ETHYLENE DIBROMIDE (EDB). During the spring of 1980, the Hawaii Department of Health ( HDOH) began a program designed to determine whether the fumigants used in pineapple agriculture had contaminated drinking water we lls on Oahu. As part of this program, the Del Monte Kunia well w as sampled. The well is located on the Oahu Plantation and provi ded drinking water for the approximately 700 residents of Kunia. Analyses detected two fumigants, EDB and 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropro pane (DBCP). On April 25, 1980, HDOH ordered the Del Monte Kunia well removed from service. Water from the contaminated well is sprinkled onto non-crop fields. More...