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Public input sought on old Hana Landfill

September 4, 2015; The Maui News

Maui News

Comments are being sought for a county project to remove waste from the old Hana Landfill to bring it into compliance with federal and state regulations.

According to documents filed with a draft environmental assessment in late July, the county Department of Environmental Management is proposing to remove about 90,000 cubic yards of waste from the old Hana Landfill on the makai side of Waikoloa Road and haul it across the road to the active Hana Landfill.

Materials that can be recycled or reused will be handled accordingly, documents said.

Currently, the budget for the project is $1 million, though that could change depending on bids received and other factors that will be determined as the start of the project gets closer, said Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone.

A finding of no significant impact is anticipated for the project. Comments will be received until Tuesday.

Comments may be sent to Kyle Ginoza, director of the Department of Environmental Management, Attention: Elaine Baker, Solid Waste Division, County of Maui, 2200 Main St., Suite 225, Wailuku 96793.

The removal of waste will occur over three years using county resources and personnel or contractors.

The waste excavation and removal will be done in a series of small stages to minimize the area of exposed waste. Each stage will include removal of vegetation and cover soil, excavation of waste, removal of recyclable scrap metal, and hauling waste to the active landfill for disposal, documents said.

After the refuse has been removed, the site will be graded, erosion controls will be put in place and the site will be planted with a mixture of grass.

To view the draft environmental assessment, go to oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/, click on Environmental Notice, on archives and on 2010, then search for the Aug. 8 notice.

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