First Wind, Xtreme Power release lead test results

Associated Press Published: August 22, 2012

HONOLULU (AP) — The operator of an Oahu North Shore wind farm and the manufacturer of the battery storage system the wind farm uses say soil and air tests show normal levels of lead in the area after a recent fire.

First Wind and Xtreme Power said in a statement Wednesday environmental services company ENPRO Environmental collected soil samples at 10 locations at and around the site in Kahuku. Some samples were taken from areas downwind of the fire's smoke.

The companies say the samples showed no discernible difference between lead levels in the soil downwind from the fire, and soil collected in another location.

They say tests of both the air and particulates wiped off buildings and other structures downwind of the fire showed lead levels within the range of normal conditions.


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