County suspends home purchase program over lava concerns

January 26, 2015 9:07 PM

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Uncertainty over a lava flow in a mostly agricultural region of Hawaii's Big Island has prompted officials to put a hold on a program that allows a county agency to buy homes near a geothermal power plant.

Hawaii County's planning department has placed the moratorium on new purchases and auctions of purchased homes in the lower Puna area, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ( The program allows it to buy homes near the plant from people with health concerns.

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