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  Access Route Alternatives for the Proposed New Landfill and RRP Minimize

TREFS: Access Route Alternatives for the Proposed New Landfill and RRP

The existing Kekaha Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) is projected to reach capacity in the coming years. A new landfill facility will be required to provide for safe and proper disposal of all forms of municipal solid waste that cannot practicably be further reused, recycled, or otherwise recovered. The County proposes to develop a new MSWLF and resource recovery park (RRP) north of Līhuʻe town, makai of Maʻalo Road.

 

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared to evaluate the environmental impacts of and alternatives to the proposed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) and Resource Recovery Park (RRP) Project. As a result of the initial public scoping and outreach conducted to date, the public has indicated that the choice of access routes is an important consideration. Therefore, a Traffic and Roadways Engineering Feasibility Study (TREFS) is being conducted to analyze several feasible access route alternatives, identify public concerns, and assist in the decision-making process. For each access route, the TREFS analyzes traffic impacts, required improvements and related costs, and social impacts, including safety and nuisance concerns. The proposed access route will be further analyzed in the overall project EIS.

 

PDF iconMap of Potential Access Routes

 

PDF iconDraft TREFS Report

 

Figure 1 shows the proposed MSWLF site, the alternate RRP site, and the potential access routes analyzed in the TREFS. Each potential route consists of a "road" designated with a letter and a “driveway” designated with a number, as shown in Figure 1. Generally, the “driveways” are former cane haul ("dirt") roads, and several of the "roads" are paved public roadways. The County has identified six alternative access routes from Kūhiō Highway to the Project site:

  • Access Route A1 or A2: via Maʻalo Road and Driveway 1 or 2
  • Access Route B1 or B2: via ʻEhiku Street, Maʻalo Road, and Driveway 1 or 2
  • Access Route C3: via Laulima Street and Driveway 3
  • Access Route D3: via Roberts Hawaii Driveway and Driveway 3

These alternative access routes connect to Kūhiō Highway for regional access at one of the following four study intersections evaluated in this study:

  1. Maʻalo Road / Kūhiō Highway (Route A)
  2. ʻEhiku Street / Kūhiō Highway (Route B)
  3. Laulima Street / Kūhiō Highway (Route C)
  4. Roberts Hawaii Driveway / Kūhiō Highway (Route D)

Additionally, the following intersection is evaluated because it is located near the Roberts Hawaii Driveway / Kūhiō Highway intersection:

  1. Kapule Highway / Kūhiō Highway (signalized intersection)

The Draft TREFS report, which details the engineering analysis of the access routes, is posted above in a downloadable PDF file for your review.

 

A public informational meeting was held to discuss the findings of the Draft TREFS Report on Thursday, January 16, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at King Kaumualiʻi Elementary School, Hanamāʻulu, Kauaʻi.

 

Public Comments will be accepted until Monday, February 10, 2014, at either of the following addresses:

The PDF files linked below contain the Fact Sheet and Public Comment Sheet that were distributed at the 1/16/14 meeting.

PDF icon Access Routes Fact Sheet

 

PDF icon Access Routes Comment Sheet

 

Following receipt of public feedback and upon completion of the TREFS, the County will choose the proposed access route, which will become part of the proposed Project to be analyzed in the EIS process. Call the County Solid Waste Division with questions at 808-241-4837.

 

     
  EIS Preparation Notice Minimize

The existing Kekaha Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) is projected to reach capacity in the coming years. Therefore, a new landfill facility will be required thereafter to achieve the project objective of providing for the proper disposal of all forms of MSW that cannot practicably be further reused, recycled, or otherwise recovered. Additionally, the County is committed to maximizing waste diversion via waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. The proposed project includes construction and operation of a both new MSWLF and a Resource Recovery Park (RRP). Based on a preliminary analysis of potential impacts due to the landfill and RRP, the County has determined that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required, and therefore this EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) has been prepared.

 

The EISPN commits the County to conducting a State-of Hawaii Chapter 343 EIS, which includes several documents and opportunities for public comments and input. The Draft EISPN provides a general framework for the ongoing EIS process; indicates some of the special studies that will be conducted, including alternative analyses; potential impacts and a preliminary discussion of potential mitigation measures; and summarizes past project activities, including the Siting Study and the previous round of public comments and responses.  

 

PDF icon FEA-EISPN Kauaʻi LF-RRP

 

PDF icon Meeting Handout

     
  Resource Recovery Park Minimize

In order to achieve its waste diversion goals, the County has identified a Resource Recovery Park (RRP) as a critical element of the County's solid waste management strategy. A RRP is a ‘one-stop service center’ that is intended to include a comprehensive and integrated set of waste management programs and facilities to support maximization of the diversion of waste from the landfill via reuse, recycling, and recovery. Providing a single centralized location where residential and commercial entities are able to conduct all of their recycling and waste diversion activities can provide a synergistic effect, and help promote reuse, recycling, and reduction of waste disposal, while simultaneously allowing the County to achieve cost savings through shared resources and economies of scale.

 

The Draft RRP Feasibility Study (FS) analyzes Kauai's current waste generation, recycling, reduction, and reuse strategies, and provides projections of future waste quantities. This data is then used to analyze a host of potential recycling, reduction, and reuse processes that can potentially be implemented at the RRP. Finally, the expected costs and benefits of each potential process is analyzed, and preliminary recommendations are made regarding which processes are appropriate for Kauai's RRP.

 

Public meetings were held on January 28 and 29 to present the findings of this Draft RRP FS to the public, and to solicit public comments and feedback on the Draft RRP FS. The RRP FS has been finalized to address the public concerns. A preliminary design of the proposed RRP will be prepared for input into the ongoing New Landfill/RRP Environmental Impact Statement.

 

 

PDF icon Final RRP Feasibility Study

 

PDF icon Presentation

 

PDF icon Draft RRP FS Meeting Handout

 

PDF icon Summary of Draft RRP FS Community Meetings

 

     
  New Kauai Landfill Siting Study Minimize
In July 2012, AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) of Honolulu (formerly Earth Tech, Inc.) prepared the current New Landfill Siting Study, with assistance from RM Towill Corporation. The study re-evaluates the suitability of the eight sites (Kumukumu is re-included following a change in the earlier development plans) using contemporary exclusionary criteria, generates preliminary engineering estimates and planning-level cost estimates, updates the MACLS results with a community criteria evaluation using improved scoring and ranking methodology, identifies other important decision factors for siting a new MSWLF, conducts an overall site comparison, and presents recommendations. This report updates all previous data and performs additional analyses to allow the County to choose a proposed location for the new landfill. This report includes the following subsections.

 TitleModified DateSize (Kb)Description
Cover - Section 27/26/2012631.66 
Section 3, Part I7/26/20124,860.99 
Section 3, Part II7/26/20126,407.63 
Section 4, Part I7/26/20127,121.96 
Section 4, Part II7/26/20126,272.68 
Sections 5 - 97/26/20124,558.83 
Attachment A, Part I7/26/20122,367.59SLCE Site Reconnaissance Photo Log
Attachment A, Part II7/26/20125,351.58SLCE Site Reconnaissance Photo Log
Attachment B7/26/2012668.17Community Criteria Evaluation Data Sheets
     
  EIS Community Meetings 2012 Minimize

Community Meetings
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a New Municipal Solid Waste Landfill
and Resource Recovery Park

 

In May of 2012, the County of Kauaʻi Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, hosted four community meetings to obtain public input and identify issues to be addressed in the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a New Municipal Solid Waste Landfill and Resource Recovery Park.

 

During the meetings, activities performed to date were briefly summarized, the EIS process was explained, and comments were solicited from the public to identify specific environmental concerns for consideration in the EIS.

 

Community meetings, were held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012, King Kaumualiʻi Elementary, Hanamaʻulu, Kauai
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Kekaha Neighborhood Center, Kekaha, Kauaʻi
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Kīlauea Elementary School, Kīlauea, Kauaʻi
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Kōloa Courthouse at Neighborhood Center, Koloa, Kauaʻi

 

A summary of the meeting is attached here, along with the presentation and a meeting handout.

 

PDF Summary of May 2012 New Landfill Community Meetings

PDF EIS Handout, June 2012

PDF EIS Presentation, June 2012

 

 

     
  Prior Community Meetings on Landfill Siting Minimize
     
  Mayor's Report 2009 Minimize
Report of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Landfill Site Selection and Site Data Sheets (PDF):
 TitleModified DateSize (Kb)Description
Supplemental Notes8/31/200944.001 page
Volume 18/31/20092,849.69222 pages
Volume 2 Cover, TOC, Appendix A, Tabs 1-78/31/20091,601.55227 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Cover, Tab 88/31/2009580.846 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 98/31/2009630.109 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 9, Figure B.2.18/31/20091,023.601 page
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 9, Figures B.2.2a-b8/31/20098,747.592 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 9, Figure B.2.2c8/31/20094,969.971 page
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 9, Figure B.2.38/31/20091,429.351 page
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 9, Figures B.2.4a-d8/31/20092,501.124 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 108/31/20092,029.4210 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Sections 1-38/31/200917.8239 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 48/31/20097,263.9219 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 58/31/20095,049.6525 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 68/31/20095,973.9221 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 78/31/20099,683.6318 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 88/31/200913,789.4924 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 98/31/20096,384.9934 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Sections 10-128/31/20098,325.9470 pages