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Proposed cesspool rules create a stink

A draft plan by the state Department of Health is raising a stink among local real estate agents and builders who say proposed rules requiring that septic tank systems replace cesspools could add $10,000 to the price of a new home and make buying and selling existing homes less affordable.

‘Wheel’ spinning on Big Island

Contestants are spinning the wheel and solving word puzzles as “Wheel of Fortune” is currently taping episodes on the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Celebrating its 32nd season, the episodes taped here will air in November and February. TIM WRIGHT/Special to West Hawaii Today

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County told to seek advice from CDC, EPA on geothermal health issues

A conflicted Windward Planning Commission, faced with two dozen speakers asking it to slow down a study of health impacts of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, on Thursday told the county administration to seek input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.