Military Munitions Response Program Site Inspection for the Army National Guard
Na Ali‘i was contracted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to design and implement an environmental Site Inspection for Kanaio Local Training Area (LTA), Maui, Hawaii under the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) for the Army National Guard (ARNG) and Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG). The MMRP follows the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act process to implement the Site Inspection and requires close coordination with regulatory agencies and outreach with the community. The Site Inspection includes identification and characterization of contamination from munitions to determine if further investigation or cleanup is warranted and to support a relative risk prioritization ranking for USACE, ARNG and HIARNG.
Upon closure of the Kanaio LTA in 2016, ARNG and USACE determined a need to assess the site to ensure that munitions and explosives of concern and munitions constituents do not pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment before turning the land back over to the State of Hawaii. In addition to historical document research, community members were interviewed to gather first-hand knowledge about military activities at Kanaio. This information will help focus the Site Inspection activities. Geophysical survey transects to determine surface soil sampling targets are being designed to accommodate site-specific challenges which included Right-of Entry requirements, avoidance of threatened and endangered species, sensitive cultural resources, and rugged, precipitous terrain. Throughout the process, public outreach will be conducted to engage and inform the community.
Na Ali‘i created a multi-disciplinary team with unique experiences and capabilities to successfully complete the project using the highest value and lowest risk solution, and encouraging involvement of all stakeholders throughout the process. Ensuring compliance with the latest federal and local environmental policies and regulations, Na Ali‘i is developing a Quality Assurance Project Plan following the Uniform Federal Policy which provides a streamlined process with systematic and acceptable format, resulting in an efficient review and decision-making process. Upon completion of the Site Inspection, the ARNG, HIARNG and USACE will be able to effectively prioritize, budget, and plan future remedial actions at the site and for future real estate actions required to return the parcel to the State of Hawaii.
For more information about this project, please visit the Hawaii Army National Guard Environmental Office’s website.