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What is re-entry?
Re-entry is the process of supporting Lahaina ﬁre-impacted property owners and residents, including renters, so they can have assistance when returning to their homes. For the Lahaina zone map with streets and addresses, please visit www.mauirecovers.org.
What are re-entry zones?
Zones have been created to facilitate a systematic and organized return to the Lahaina Wildﬁre Disaster Area while prioritizing public safety and the security of the community. Ahead of re-entry, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) household hazardous material removal must be completed in each zone.
Household hazardous material includes paint, solvents, fertilizers, cleaning solutions, propane tanks and other items.
Who can access zones that have been cleared for re-entry?
Re-entry is for those who have a direct legal affiliation to the property: owners and residents, including tenants (renters). Property owners and residents/tenants may bring others: insurance agents, family members, friends and faith, spiritual and/or health support persons. Following the two days of supported re-entry, owners and renters may continue to access properties from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. seven days a week. Local Trafic Only signs will be posted.
Should keiki or pregnant people visit the property?
While you may want to include all family members in the delicate, sensitive return to your property, health officials recommend that children and pregnant people should not enter the impacted area or help with cleanup because they are at higher risk from debris hazards. After leaving the impacted area, it is also best practice to shower before being in contact with sensitive groups like keiki, pregnant people, people with asthma or COPD, and kupuna. For environmental and hazard concerns, visit https://health.hawaii.gov/mauiwildﬁres.
What are the safety risks of re-entry?
The impacted area and its surroundings are hazardous with unstable structures, sharp metal objects and ash with potentially toxic substances. Preliminary air sampling and air monitoring conducted in Lāhainā do not show evidence of poor air quality or any hazardous levels of contaminants in the air at the time the samples were collected. For full details on reducing exposure to ash and hazardous materials when returning to the Lahaina Wildﬁre Disaster Area, view the DOH handout, “Take Precautions When Temporarily Entering the Impacted Area: For Maui Residents Impacted by Wildﬁres.” Also, the County of Maui Water Department Unsafe Water Advisory remains in efect for many parts of Lahaina.
When will I be able to access my property in the Lahaina Wildﬁre Disaster Area?
The County of Maui will notify people that restrictions have been lifted in certain areas, or zones, through news releases, social media including Instagram and Facebook pages, and on the county’s recovery website: www.MauiRecovers.org.
Only property owners, residents/tenants of the property in the re-entry zone can apply for a vehicle pass. Vehicle passes will not be issued to the general public or anyone not legally afiliated with the property as the owner or tenant.
How do I apply for a re-entry vehicle pass?
Applications will only be processed for the speciﬁc re-entry zones announced and not for the entire ﬁre-impacted area. Applicants should bring proof of ID and documentation of property ownership, occupancy or tenancy, such as a utility bill, rental agreement, property tax statement, etc. Much of this information may have been previously provided to other agencies, such as the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency and those agencies will be assisting with pass registrations. For more details, visit www.mauirecovers.org.
Do I have to wait for my zone to be announced to apply for/pick up a vehicle pass?
Yes. Vehicle passes are available for announced re-entry zones only.
How many vehicle passes can I get?
Two vehicle passes will be available per property owner, and two vehicle passes will be available per rental dwelling.
What can I expect during the ﬁrst two days of re-entry in my zone?
A high level of support will be offered when you re-enter your property, including water, shade, washing stations, portable toilets, medical and mental health care, MauiBus transportation from nearby hotel shelters and language assistance.
Who can I bring with me when I visit my property once my zone is open?
When you visit your property, you may bring anyone you choose. Consider your emotional needs, practical requirements and the well-being of your neighbors and the environment as you make your decision.
There are no restrictions on who you can bring. However, you may want to consider the following:
Can I let someone else use my pass? Do I have to use the same vehicle every time I enter my zone?
Your vehicle pass is tied to your identity as the property owner, and it’s essential that the driver’s license matches the name on the pass. This ensures security and proper access to your designated zone.
However, you have the ﬂexibility to use different vehicles when entering, as long as you are the pass holder.
What personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided?
PPE items have been donated, and kits are being assembled by local volunteer organizations. These kits will be made available when people register for entry passes. Visitors to the area should wear sturdy boots or other closed-toe shoes (no slippers) with thick soles, and eye protection. Adults should use the materials provided in the Re-Entry kit or similar forms of protective gear, including face masks, goggles and gloves, long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes (including disposable shoe coverings) to avoid skin contact with ash. Cloth masks will not protect you from ash. Instead, state DOH recommends wearing a tight-ﬁtting respirator or mask – look for words NIOSH or N95 printed on the mask. Remember, no mask is effective unless it ﬁts and is worn properly.
What is the Lahaina Wildﬁre Disaster Area?
The Lahaina Wildﬁre Disaster Area holds hazardous debris and includes the area delineated by government-placed barriers. This area was determined by Mayor Richard Bissen’s Third Emergency Proclamation Relating to Wildﬁres effective Aug. 15. Entry into the Lahaina Wildﬁre Disaster area remains prohibited unless authorized by law, due to health and safety risks and to protect against criminal property damage. Properties damaged by ﬁre and by wind in this and other Maui areas may be eligible for FEMA assistance.
What do I need to prove residency or ownership of my property, to get a re-entry Vehicle Pass?
Why is soil stabilizer being used on Maui?
Applying a stabilization product like Soiltac® will prevent health effects from exposure to ash and soot from the wildfire and limit the spread of this material in the community further reducing human exposure. Because it binds the ash and soot it will also help to prevent runoff of hazardous materials to the ocean or nearby streams that lead to the ocean.
In the short term, exposure to ash and soot can lead to respiratory irritation (sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, hay fever, and asthma attacks for people with asthma), eye irritation (leading to conjunctivitis and enhanced susceptibility to eye infections), and skin irritation (dermatitis). Prolonged exposure increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, and death.
Is Soiltac® Toxic?
No. EPA has reviewed proprietary data on Soiltac®, and conﬁrms that it is non-toxic.
Is Soiltac® biodegradable?
EPA does not consider Soiltac® to be biodegradable.
Soil stabilizer is not intended to be a permanent solution for ash and dust control. It will be removed from properties during the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) phase two debris removal operations.
Is Soiltac® a microplastic? Will it increase the microplastics entering the environment?
The liquid form of Soiltac® proposed for use in Lahaina does not contain microplastics. While the liquid form does meet the federal deﬁnition of a plastic [an organic or synthetic polymer liquid that is solid in its ﬁnal form and is shaped by ﬂow, 40 CFR § 463.2 (f)], once applied the material will form a crust that will prevent ash and dust from migrating into the environment, including microplastics present in the ash as a result of burned plastic materials in the homes. In the event that the Soiltac® is disturbed, either through foot traffic or other physical disturbance, EPA does not anticipate that the crust can break into particles small enough to be considered a microplastics issue. This is also a temporary solution that will be removed from the properties during the Phase 2 ash and debris removal.
Can residents opt out of soil stabilizer application?
In order to protect the health of residents in and around Lahaina as well as the fragile ocean ecosystem, soil stabilizer will be applied to all properties in Lahaina.
Will soil stabilizer harm wildlife?
No. EPA considered ecological impacts of soil stabilizers when preparing its recommendations. Based on observations from applications of the soil, we do not expect any risk to wildlife during the application process. During the applications of Soiltac® in Kula, the stabilizer was sticky like painter’s tape for about 20 minutes. The Soiltac® was no longer sticky after about an hour after application.
What does ash and debris look like after it is treated with soil stabilizer?
EPA recommended Soiltac® because it is a transparent and non-toxic stabilizer/tackiﬁer that is commonly used on sites for dust and erosion control. The transparency of the product is important in the context of the Maui Wildﬁre Response Phase 2 removal effort by USACE, as the ash and debris must be visible to Phase 2 personnel.
Will soil stabilizer negatively affect the environment?
Any potential environmental concerns from the use of a non-toxic soil stabilizer will be vastly outweighed by the benefits of preventing dust and ash from dispersing in the environment.
Did EPA consider other soil stabilizer options?
Yes. EPA evaluated a number of options and found Soiltac® to be the best available product for this response. Considerations included impacts on ﬂora and fauna (EPA did not want to use a product that would entrap wildlife), the color of the product (it must be clear), toxicity, and the availability of technical information for prompt and thorough review.
Has Soiltac® been used elsewhere?
Soiltac® is commonly used on sites for dust and erosion control. It has been used at multiple EPA cleanup sites, including Alameda Point IR Site 2, directly adjacent to the San Francisco Bay, and Iron King-Humboldt Smelter in Yavapai County, Arizona. The California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances and Control oversaw the application of Soiltac® in a removal action in Fresno, CA (DTSC 2006). It has also been used by the County of San Mateo, California in the construction of a pump track for bicyclists at Quarry Park, which is half a mile from Half Moon Bay. Soiltac® has been used at multiple Olympics in the last twenty years as well as in neighborhood parks. It has also been used by branches in the United States Department of Defense, both internationally and domestically. For any additional information regarding the above uses please visit: https://soilworks.com/reference-library.
How long will the soil stabilizer be effective?
Without disturbing it, soil stabilizer is effective for four to six months.
When will soil stabilizer be removed?
Treated ash and debris will be removed by USACE during phase 2 operations.
Is our water safe to drink?
Unsafe Water Advisories issued by the County of Maui Department of Water Supply are still in effect for the following areas:
An interactive map is available and depicts the precise location of the Unsafe Water Advisories.
Updates to advisories will be provided based on monitoring results.
What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that easily evaporate into the air. Examples of common VOCs include benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene (TCE), and perchloroethylene (PCE). VOCs are commonly used in consumer products (e.g., plastics, paints, cleaning products, adhesives) and can be released from building materials (e.g., carpet, linoleum, composite wood products, insulation). They can also be released into the environment in smoke from wildfires, building fires, and the burning of wood, oil, or gas. Review a VOC fact sheet for additional information.
Does the EPA regulate VOCs in household products?
Does reverse osmosis remove VOCs?
By itself, the reverse osmosis process cannot take out VOCs. The VOCs will pass through the membrane just like oxygen does. Reverse osmosis systems will only take out VOCs, if they have a carbon pre-filter or post-filter. Contact the manufacturer for specific capacities of your system. Keep in mind that filtration systems require regular maintenance/preventative maintenance in order to work properly.
Are VOCs dangerous?
It is difficult to generalize the dangers of waterborne VOCs because there are so many different variations of them. Furthermore, there has not been extensive testing done to determine the health risks posed by many of the household products that release VOCs. But, there is evidence exposure to VOCs has negative side effects. According to the EPA, volatile organic compounds are associated with irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea. Prolonged exposure can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Whether or not they are carcinogenic is still contested. Some organics have manifested as cancerous in animals, and there are some that are suspected to cause cancer in human beings.
What do the drinking water sample test result terms mean?
How will the Department of Water Supply decide how and when to lift the unsafe water advisory?
The decision to lift the advisory will be made based on multiple lines of evidence to include but not limited to:
What are the County’s next steps? The Department of Water Supply will:
What should people do in the meantime till water is deemed safe?
Failure to follow this advisory could result in illness. Due to the wildﬁres, some structures in the water system were either destroyed or damaged. These conditions may have caused harmful contaminants, including volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), to enter the water system. As a precaution, the Hawai’i State Department of Health and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply are advising residents of the affected area as follows:
DO NOT DRINK YOUR TAP WATER
Bottled water or potable water provided by the Department of Water Supply must be used for drinking (including making baby formula and juice), brushing teeth, making ice, and food preparation.
DO NOT TRY TO TREAT THE WATER YOURSELF
Boiling, freezing, ﬁltering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants or letting water stand will not make the water safe. If volatile organic compound (VOC) contamination is suspected or detected, boiling water could release VOCs into the air.
Please adhere to the following additional guidance if your home or business is within the Unsafe Water Advisory Areas:
Where can I ﬁnd potable water?
Tankers offering free, safe potable water are positioned at the sites listed below. You can also view the map above for assistance in locating tankers (tanker locations are identiﬁed with a green water drop).
Important note for collecting potable water from tankers: Please bring large, sterilized water containers to collect your water. Use only clean, dedicated, food-grade containers to transport water. Containers that have held food can transfer odors to the drinking water and should not be used for water storage. Wash containers thoroughly with dishwashing soap, sanitize using one teaspoon of mild liquid chlorine bleach per quart of water, and then rinse thoroughly. Fill containers to the top, leaving as little air as possible.
Store in a cool, dark area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers more information at ready.gov/water.
Lahaina safe potable water tanker locations:
Upper Kula safe potable water tanker locations:
Can I flush my toilet or let water run down the drain if my wastewater service is interrupted?
No; if the Wastewater Service maps show that you do not have functioning sewer service, please DO NOT flush toilets or allow water down any household drain. Although your toilet may flush and water may drain initially, if the service is not functional, you risk eventual sewage backing up in the house.
What are the County of Maui’s next steps to restore wastewater service in impacted areas of West Maui?
The County of Maui Wastewater Reclamation Division is working to:
What is the process for cleanup and removal of ﬁre debris? Fire debris removal is broken down into two phases:
Phase 1: Hazardous Materials Removal is the removal of hazardous materials that may impact human health, animals and the environment through exposure. In coordination with the County of Maui and the State of Hawai‘i, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assigned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to survey, remove and dispose of hazardous material from all properties impacted by the wildﬁres in Lahaina, Kula and Olinda.
Hazardous materials could include compressed gas cylinders, pesticides, paints, oils, fertilizers, ammunition and batteries (including lithium-ion batteries, particularly household solar battery storage systems). These items can contain hazardous ingredients and require special handling and disposal.
Phase 2: Fire Debris Removal is the removal of the remaining structural ash and debris and may include soil testing. The County of Maui, State of Hawai‘i, FEMA and local officials will coordinate with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to offer a Consolidated Debris Removal Program. The program will allow the Corps to conduct the safe removal and handling of ﬁre-damaged debris from destroyed properties.
A private ﬁre debris removal process will be established for those who want to opt out of the Consolidated Debris Removal Program. The County is currently working to develop the process, guidance documents and forms for private contractor ﬁre debris removal and will have the information published soon.
Is participation in both Phase 1 and 2 of the debris removal process mandatory?
Yes, ﬁre-impacted properties with eligible debris are required to complete both Phase 1 and 2 of the program.
For Phase 1, all properties are required to have hazardous materials and waste removed. These items can be hazardous and require special handling and disposal. The EPA will complete this process for all ﬁre- impacted properties. Phase 1 of the Program is being conducted at no cost to property owners.
Phase 2 debris removal by the Corps is optional; however, properties that opt out of this option are still required to provide for the timely removal of hazardous debris ﬁelds, and deadlines will be set by the County. Removal by a private contractor is authorized but must be done at the homeowner’s expense, and work done must meet or exceed the standards set by local, state and federal agencies. This includes compliance with all legal requirements for handling, disposal at authorized disposal sites, soil sampling and transportation. In addition, best management practices must be utilized along with work activity documentation and erosion control.
What debris is eligible for Phase 2 of the Consolidated Debris Removal Program?
Agreements are still being ﬁnalized, however it is expected that Phase 2 will include debris and ash removal related to any structures on residential properties that are at least 120 square feet. Driveways will be retained as much as possible, both for possible reuse and also to serve as a staging area for debris removal and rebuilding equipment. In many cases, concrete driveways have been weakened as a result of the heat from the ﬁre and may crack easily during this phase.
How will I know that the process has started and completed?
Phase 1 is currently underway; EPA will post a sign on each property when hazardous waste removal is complete, and will also notify the broader community when hazardous materials removal is completed in an entire neighborhood. View EPA’s online resource tool, which provides information on their process, progress and completion status: bit.ly/EPAprogress
Once a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form is signed for Phase 2, Army Corps employees will contact homeowners that are enrolled in the Consolidated Debris Removal Program via phone 24-48 hours in advance to provide notice of work start times. The Corps’ contractor is required to provide the Corps a formal report of completion. The Corps will provide those reports to the county, and the county will notify homeowners. A Phase 2 map, showing progress, will be published once work gets underway.
If you had insurance in effect at the time of the wildﬁre that provides coverage for debris removal, it is required that those funds, if not used for rebuilding, go toward reimbursement of Program costs. In most cases, the cost of debris removal will be greater than the insurance available. Reimbursement amount will not exceed the costs of debris removal on your speciﬁc property. If coverage for debris removal is not a separate insurance category, any reimbursement for debris removal will be limited to the unused beneﬁt amount (if any) in that coverage category after the residence is rebuilt. If the full amount of general coverage is used for rebuilding, you will not be responsible for any reimbursement.
If you participate in Phase 2 of the program, we recommend that you consult with your insurance carrier to conﬁrm how much is dedicated to debris removal. If your site will require private debris removal in addition to what is covered under Phase 2 of the Consolidated Debris Removal Program, you can use your debris insurance proceeds to cover those costs, and will only be expected to provide the remainder (if any) to reimburse the Program. If you do not have insurance the Program will be provided at no cost.
How do I sign up for Phase 2 of the Debris Removal Program?
Property owners must sign up by completing a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form. No removal of non-hazardous, ﬁre-damaged material will begin on private property without the permission of the property owner.