Site Decommissioning Plan describes the current condition of the
site; how the facility, its infrastructure, and all improvements
will be deconstructed and removed, and how the site will be
restored. Caltech is financially responsible for
decommissioning. The final SDP will be revised based on feedback
from the Maunakea Management Board and the Center for Maunakea
commissioned several studies to inform its analysis of the
alternatives. These studies included an archeological
assessment, a cultural impact assessment, a hydrogeological
evaluation, a biological inventory, a biological setting
analysis, and a traffic analysis.
addition to these studies, Caltech undertook two sets of
meetings with key government, community and business leaders to
solicit concerns and obtain feedback on the alternatives. The
first set of meetings occurred in early 2018 and the second in
hopes that the Final Environmental Assessment is accepted and a
Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) is granted in early
2022, which would enable Caltech to begin the final phase of
deconstruction and restoration in the summer of 2022.
CSO was formerly one of the world's premier facilities for
astronomical research and instrumentation development at
The CSO's 10.4-meter radio telescope,
online in 1987 for use in research by astronomers at
Caltech and other institutions, is housed in a compact dome near
the summit of Maunakea. During
its operational period, which ended in 2015, the telescope was
used by researchers, including more than 200 students, to open
a new submillimeter window on the universe.
All of the astronomical instruments were removed from the
facility in 2015.
The SDP can be viewed at https://planningsolutions.sharefile.com/share/view/s3144c2c88fb0450e82efd3d14e614198.
More information is available at http://www.cso.caltech.edu/wiki/csooutreach/outreach. Decommissioning documents are available on the CMS (formerly the Office of Maunakea Management) website at http://www.malamamaunakea.org/management/comprehensive-management-plan/decommissioning. The MKMB's website (including meeting agendas and materials) may be reached from the main CMS website at http://www.malamamaunakea.org.
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