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Last updated April 11, 2024

Permanent Disposal Site, Central Maui Landfill

Central Maui Landfill was selected as the location for the Permanent Disposal Site for the Lahaina ash and debris from the August 2023 Wildfires. The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management and Mayor Richard Bissen announced the location of the Permanent Disposal Site as the Central Maui Landfill on February 28th, 2024 at the Disaster Recovery Update meeting in Lahaina. The presentation included how the results of the PDS Community Survey factored into the re-evaluation and scoring of the criteria for the final 3 sites resulting in Central Maui Landfill.

February 28, 2024

Final Permanent Disposal Site

To learn more about the final selection, including a comparison of the scoring for the top three sites before and after consideration of the community survey results; as well as the next steps for the PDS, view the presentation.

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Final Permanent Disposal Site Presentation
February 21, 2024

Results from PDS Community Survey

More than 2,700 people over a two-week period from Jan. 31 2024 through Feb. 15  2024 participated in County of Maui surveys on proposed Permanent Disposal Sites (PDS) for Lahaina wildfire ash and debris. The results of the surveys, which guided county officials in selecting the final site at CML, were presented to community members during Feb. 21 2024 Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting at Lahaina Civic Center.

For specific details: view the presentation here;
For full reports:
view the final public open link survey report here; and the final scientific survey report here.

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Results from PDS Community Survey on February 21, 2024
January 31, 2024

PDS Site Selection Process Background

At the Jan. 31 Disaster Recovery Update Meeting, the Department of Environmental Management offered a presentation to provide background on the eight initial locations proposed for the Permanent Disposal Site and the Departmentsʻ initial selection criteria including: time to acquire land; proximity to Lahaina (traffic congestion, public safety); access into and out of site (alternative access, turn movements); constructibility; surface water management; adjacent property impacts; distance to drinking water; distance to residential areas, schools, hospitals; natural/environmental concerns. DEM considered initial public response to priorities, such as historic preservation; cultural sensitivity; distance to coastline; and prevailing winds and decided to launch a community survey at this meeting to gather more public input and guide the Department in making the final PDS decision, view presentation.

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PDS Site Selection Process Background on January 31, 2024
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Olowalu Temporary Debris Storage Site

A Temporary Debris Storage (TDS) site was built in Olowalu to address the immediate threat of uncontrolled debris in Lahaina until the Permanent Disposal Site could be selected and built.

As we move forward in Phase 2, the County's primary focus remains the removal of ash and debris from affected properties. Alongside this essential cleanup effort for health and safety reasons, there's an additional aspect that is equally important – creating a safe repository for any items or remains that exist in the ash. To meet this challenge, the County has designated Olowalu in West Maui as a temporary debris storage site. This initiative is being designed to allow Lahaina families to honor their past while streamlining the cleanup process.

Temporary Debris Storage Site Environmental Monitoring

The Temporary Debris Storage (TDS) area located in Olowalu was designed as the most robust temporary site ever constructed by a federal agency. It is underlain by a thick (80 mil or 0.08 inches) plastic impermeable liner to protect the soil, groundwater, and ocean. As required by Bill 120 (Ordinance #5596) the entire TDS site is being monitored closely by USACE to ensure no impacts to the surrounding area or the marine environment from either the ash and debris, along with any leachate or rainwater run-off generated. The Bill requires sampling and monitoring data related to leachate, run-off and air quality to be reported and made public every 90 days. The first report on this data is expected on April 22, 2024. Please stay tuned to this space for updates as they are available. For more information on what is being monitored please see Bill 120 and the informational document.

April 10, 2024

Presentation of Olowalu TDS Site Sampling and Monitoring Report

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Presentation of Olowalu TDS Site Sampling and Monitoring Report

For more on Temporary Debris Storage Site monitoring, click the link below:

Site monitoring data as of April 10, 2024

Environmental Monitoring Quarterly Reports:

Q1 Report (Operational Period 1/21/24 - 4/19/24)

Other TDS Documents for Public Record:  

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