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Asbestos-ridden material should be carefully managed

August 8, 2013
Kim Chang - Lahaina , Maui Weekly

Back in June, The Maui News reported on an asbestos claim at Hale Mahaolu Lahaina Surf. It was reported that "88 percent of the 112 living units have asbestos."

Lahaina Surf is one of the few affordable housing apartment complexes that families and seniors can reside in comfortably without paying an exorbitant amount of rent.

There are generations of residents, from kupuna to keiki, and it frightens and saddens me to know that the asbestos removal company would leave a container filled with asbestos-ridden material in an area that is frequented by residents daily.

The container sits right outside one of the apartment complexes. A sign states, "Respirators and Protective Clothing Are Required In This Area." With that important safety precaution printed in black and white, is this equipment being provided for the residents and employees who must pass the area to get to their homes or vehicles, or are they living and working there "at their own risk?"

One concerned resident has already called the Department of Health and received the answer that the company doing the removal is "certified," and they are "following protocol." Okay, good job on the company... but shouldn't everyone involved be doing their part to be sure this material is not just sitting out in the open?

They should be thinking of the health of the residents, not the money that will be made.

Kim Chang




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