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The Latest: Death Valley calls shutdown effects 'disturbing'
Published in 2-2-2019
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Latest on efforts to clean up and repair damage at national parks after the government shutdown (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Officials at Death Valley National Park in California say the impact of human waste and trash left by visitors during the government shutdown is "disturbing." Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a news release Friday that workers cleaned up 1,655 clumps of toilet paper and 429 piles of human waste. He estimates people left a half-ton of feces outside restrooms that stayed open until they became too dirty. He says staffers spent a combined 1,500 hours this week documenting the damage, cleaning and repairing.