Mount Rainier National Park celebrates toilet

Mount Rainier National Park celebrates toilet
Mount Rainier is seen in this USGS file photo.
ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) - Mount Rainier National Park is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to activate a new bio toilet at Cougar Rock Campground.

The $70,000 toilet was donated by Groundwork Mishima, a group that promotes volunteerism at Mount Fuji, which has a "sister mountain" relationship with the park. The toilet was installed with the help of students from the Japanese Volunteers-in-Parks Association.

The toilet uses cedar chips and natural composting to operate with little water or odor.

Heavy snow has delayed the opening of the campground itself until June 13.