Lingle releases $39,020,000 for schools

HONOLULU n Governor Linda Lingle released $39,020,000 to complete the closure and conversion of cesspools at schools statewide in order to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act.

“This project is about continuing our investment in our state infrastructure, but more importantly, keeping our schools safe and well-maintained,” said Governor Lingle in a press release. “The release of these funds will ensure that every public school campus will be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.”

Currently, about half of the 60 public school campuses affected by the EPA consent decree have been completed, the release states. The funds will go toward closing and converting cesspools at the last remaining 29 campuses that still need to be addressed. The total project cost for all of the campuses is $78,199,045, which includes previous allotments totaling $39,179,045. The EPA consent decree deadline is September 2009.

Kaua‘i projects covered by this final release of funds will be conducted in phases at the following schools:

Ele‘ele Elementary School, Kalaheo Elementary School, Kapa‘a High School, Kaua‘i High School, Kekaha Elementary School, Koloa Elementary School and Waimea High School.

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