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Posted: Monday, March 10th, 2014 11:13 AM HST

Big Island man sues over faulty septic system

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A Big Island man is forging ahead with a lawsuit claiming a defective septic system on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property is making him sick.

Leonard Low sued the department last year, alleging that sewage odors back up into his Kamuela home because of a substandard seepage pit that holds raw sewage. The department says it offered to fix the problem but Low refused.

Hawaii News Now reports Low says he turned it down because it would have required waiving medical claims and not discussing the issue with his neighbors.

Low says he suffers from nausea, headaches and dizziness.

Other residents in the 37-home subdivision have also complained about noxious odors.

The state Department of Health recently cited the pit for being too small for the home.

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