Pollution reduction focuses on both historic and present-day terrestrial/marine pollution that has plagued and inundated Kure’s community.
United Stated Coast Guard PCB Soil Remediation
The former U.S. Coast Guard Long Range Navigation (LORAN) station operations at LORAN Station Kure was open for a little over 40 years—from 1961 to 1992. Since 1992, in accordance with their closure agreement, contaminate testings were to be conducted every five years. The tests are conducted at Green Island’s landfill and reburial pit to evaluate potential soil, water, and biota contamination stemming from potentially hazardous materials left from the long-term occupation. Several remediation projects over the past 25 years (1991, 1992,1993,1994, 2008-2009, 2011) have failed to correct elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminates in the landfill. In 2016, the PCB contaminates were excavated from the Landfill and reburied inland.