Lower Kaweah Site 11 Recommended Remediation Action
The National Park Service (NPS) has assessed the Lower Kaweah Former Burn Dump Site in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). On September 13, 2016, work will begin to remove waste materials from this site. Project work is expected to take approximately one month. An estimated 20-25 dump trucks per day will be traversing the Generals Highway from the Giant Forest Museum area through Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park to Highway 180, for proper disposal at an off-site location. A traffic control plan will be implemented to minimize impacts to visitors.
In May 2014, site assessments of the Lower Kaweah Former Burn Dump Site, located within the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park, indicated that leaving the dump area in its present condition could pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment. An Engineering Evaluation / Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report was prepared and recommended excavation and off-site disposal of the waste materials contained within the dump. The public comment and review period for this project work occurred from January 16 through February 16, 2015. No substantive comments were received. On June 10, 2015, an Action Memorandum was signed by the NPS's Pacific West Regional Director, approving implementation of the removal actions at the Lower Kaweah Former Burn Dump Site.
If you have any specific questions or concerns related to this project, contact Todd Payne, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park occupational health and safety manager at (559) 565-3108.
Todd Payne, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park occupational health and safety manager at (559) 565-3108.