You might think a brand new black sand beach would be pristine. But microplastics have already been detected at Pohoiki in Lower Puna.
It’s been a hot-button issue on the island for decades, but many say the problem has grown worse as more tourists are drawn to the site of the lava eruptions.
More funding is leading to new discoveries as the parasite continues to sicken people in Hawaii.
Understaffed and saddled with red tape, inspectors have a hard time dealing with issues like a proposed farm complex in Upper Puna that has neighbors upset.
Even though the power facility damaged by last year’s lava flows is expected to be “operational” by year’s end, it’s facing challenges.
When a dairy farm cuts back operations the cows have to find new homes.
The superheated steam is killing trees and forcing some residents from their homes, although there’s “no sign of magma.”
The site of a proposed launch pad in Puna has not been revealed, but a preliminary possibility is described as “east or northeast of the macadamia nut farm.”