Carvalho Signs Environmental Impact Statement for New Landfill

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Wednesday accepted the County of Kaua’i Department of Public Works Final Environmental Impact Statement for the new municipal solid waste landfill to be located on Ma`alo Road, in Lihu`e. Carvalho signed the letter of acceptance Wednesday afternoon which will be submitted to the state’s Office of Environmental Quality Control and published in The Environmental Notice. The Mayor said the new landfill has been at the top of his priorities list for some time and that he was satisfied that the EIS addresses mitigation measures for “any community concerns and other potential impacts.” The Department of Public Works held public meetings in May to provide information on the county’s Draft EIS and to offer the community the opportunity to learn and comment about the project. Once the acceptance letter is received by the OEQC, the county can begin the final design, permitting, and land-transfer process and move towards construction. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a new municipal solid waste landfill on approximately 270 acres at a site on Ma’alo Road, and a new 2.8-mile off-site access road and utility infrastructure to support the development. The new landfill will provide for the proper disposal of the island’s generated municipal solid waste that cannot be further reused, recycled or otherwise recovered.

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