Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Final Report on Hawaii's Environmental Review System

The Study has completed its Final Report on Hawaii's Environmental Review System. It was prepared pursuant to Act 1, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008, which requested that the University of Hawaii conduct this study of the environmental review system and develop legislative recommendations for modernizing Hawaii's system of environmental review.

The first half of the Report includes introductory and background sections, a detailed description of the study process, and a discussion of the events of the 2010 legislative session. The latter half of the report focuses on detailing a set of comprehensive recommendations for improving Hawaii's environmental review system. The report focuses on five areas of concern within the system: (1) applicability, (2) governance, (3) participation, (4) content and, (5) process, and describes identified issues and specific recommendations for addressing them.

We thank you for your past and continued contribution to the study. Input from stakeholders was a key source of information used in determining the recommended changes to the system, and helped to shape and guide our study throughout the process. We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve Hawaii's environmental review system. Please feel free to contact us about the study via email at EISstudy@hawaii.edu or through the project blog at http://hawaiiEISstudy.blogspot.com.

The full report and appendices is displayed below or can be downloaded directly from here. The report or the appendices can be downloaded separately from the sidebar menu.
Final Report on Hawaii's Environmental Review System 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Presentation on the Working Group's Recommendations

On Tuesday, four members of the Working Group, Professor Denise Antolini, Lee Sichter, David Arakawa, and Robert Harris, presented the Working Group's recommendations to the Natural Resources Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. A power point was prepared, but not shown, in favor of a more discussion-oriented format.

The power point is available online here or for download (6.6 MB) and is designed to be more of a stand-alone document on the UH Study, the Working Group, and the recommendations.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Background Document: Environmental Justice Report

As the Study prepares its final report, background materials will be posted. These materials are resource documents that the Study has referenced throughout its project.

One of the motivating reasons for the study itself was this Environmental Justice Report.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Working Group Participants' Agreement

As noted before, Senator Gabbard convened a Working Group for those who testified on the first draft of SB2818 to come together, work out their differences, and develop language to improve the bill. The relevant portion of the Committees on Energy and Environment and Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs report on SB2818 addressed the legislative intent behind setting up the group:
Your Committees find that this measure requires additional scrutiny and review, and hope that the stakeholders will continue to work toward the effort of an improved system of environmental review. Your Committees have invited the University of Hawaii study team, the Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control, the Chair of the Environmental Council, a member of the Environmental Council with a background in planning, and representatives of the Building Industry Association – Hawaii, Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter, the Land Use Research Foundation, Earthjustice, Belt Collins, and the Nature Conservancy to participate in a working group to develop further recommendations. Your Committees recognize that the working group may not achieve consensus on each aspect of the environmental review process, but hope that each member of the group will work in a spirit of compromise to seek a middle ground.
The UH Study Team contracted with Lily Bloom Domingo to serve as the facilitator for the discussions. The Working Group held half-day meetings on Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23, and Mar. 3, 4, 8, 17, and 22, as well as numerous subgroup meetings to work out especially tendentious points. To encourage more candid discussion, Ms. Domingo asked the members of the Working Group to sign a Participants' Agreement effective until the end of the group process.

The Working Group has concluded its work and Sen. Gabbard has since released the Working Group members from the Participants' Agreement. Here is a copy of the Participants' Agreement:
SB2818 Working Group
Senator Mike Gabbard, Host
Lily Bloom Domingo, Facilitator February 16, 2010
PARTICIPANTS’ AGREEMENT

SB2818 Working Group Objectives:
  1. Identify areas of agreement regarding SB2818.
  2. Identify possible improvements to SB2818.
  3. Draft agreed upon improvements to SB2818.
  4. Agree on revised SB2818.
  5. Recommend revised SB2818 to Senate and House committees and leadership.
Ground Rules for Participation:
  1. Come with the intent to find common ground with others to formulate revisions to SB2818.
  2. Show respect for other participants, inside and outside the working group process.
  3. Listen to understand, and avoid interrupting others.
  4. Cell phones and other electronic devices will be turned off or placed on silent mode. Texting and phone conversations will be taken outside.
  5. If you recommend improvements to SB2818, provide specific alternative language.
  6. The content of the group's discussion, while not confidential, will not be disclosed to the media or used for other public advocacy events. While the Working Group is in process, participants agree to show respect for the process by not commenting on or judging other participants in public.
  7. The desire is to reach agreements on revisions that everyone can live with, however, given the tight timeline for discusssions, it may be necessary to make decisions by voting, in which case the recommended changes will be determined by the majority vote.
  8. Participation in the Working Group is a privilege not a right; any member of the Working Group who is unable to commit to a good faith collaborative process should not participate and may be asked to leave the group.
I agree with the objectives of the SB2818 Working Group and will abide by all the ground rules.

Signature
Date
The Working Group recommendations, in the the proposed versions of SB2818 SD2 HD3 and SB2957 SD1 HD2, and letters to Senator Gabbard are available in the Quick Links in the sidebar.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Environmental Review in the News

Last week on Thursday, April 1, Dan Nakaso had an article in the Honolulu Advertiser on the Working Group that Sen. Gabbard convened.

Today in Sunday's paper, Senator Gabbard has a commentary responding to Nakaso's article.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Working Group Thank You Letters to Senator Gabbard

At the conclusion of the Working Group, the members wrote two thank you letters to Senator Gabbard.

The first letter describes the unanimous consensus of the Working Group for recommendations to Chapter 341 HRS.*

The second letter describes the points of consensus and disagreement among the Working Group members regarding Chapter 343 HRS.

Update: After the submission of this letter to Sen. Gabbard, one member of the Working Group expressed strong reservations about the final wording in the proposed SB2818 SD2 HD3 regarding the language describing the relationship between the Environmental Council and OEQC.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Update on SB2818 SD2 HD3 - Working Group Recommendations to Chapter 341 HRS

The House Committee on Finance recommended that SB2818 SD2 HD2 be deferred, thus choosing at this point to not consider the Working Group's recommendations embodied in SB2818 SD2 HD3.

Working Group Recommendations for Ch. 343 - SB2957 SD1 HD2

Senator Gabbard has released the Working Group recommendations for Chapter 343 HRS in a proposed SB2957 SD1 HD2. The House Committee on Judiciary is supposed to hear the bill next, but the Committee has not yet scheduled a time. Please check back here or the SB2957's profile page at the capitol website for updates.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Working Group Recommendation for Ch. 341 - SB2818 SD2 HD3

The Working Group presented its recommended amendments to SB2818 today to the House Committee on Finance. The working group, convened by Senator Gabbard, completed its work on Monday and submitted its consensus version of SB2818 SD2 HD3 attached to Professor Antolini's testimony. The testimony and version HD3 should be available on the Legislature website by Monday at the latest.

Until then, the Working Group version of SB2818 SD2 HD3 can be downloaded here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Upcoming JUD Hearing for SB2818 SD2 HD1

The House Committee on Judiciary will hear SB2818 SD2 HD1 on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm. As the bill moves through the House Committee hearings, the Working Group appointed by Senator Gabbard continues to meet to reach agreement on concerns raised during previous testimony.

Friday, March 12, 2010

House Amends SB2818 SD2 to SB2818 SD2 HD1

Yesterday, the joint-meeting of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection (EEP), the Committee on Water, Land, & Ocean Resources (WLO), and the Committee on Economic Vitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM) recommended passing SB2818 SD2, and amended it to SB2818 SD2 HD1.

The committees on EEP recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 12 Ayes: Representative(s) Morita, Coffman, Cabanilla, Chang, Chong, Har, C. Lee, Luke, Ching, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Herkes, Sagum; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Ito.

The committees on WLO recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 12 Ayes: Representative(s) Har, Cabanilla, Chang, Chong, Coffman, C. Lee, Luke, Morita, Ching, Thielen; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Herkes, Sagum; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Ito.

The committees on EBM recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 6 Ayes: Representative(s) McKelvey, Choy, Evans, Tokioka, Tsuji, Ward; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 5 Excused: Representative(s) Berg, Manahan, Takai, Wakai, Wooley.

The amended House version 1 eliminates Sections 2-9 of SB2818 SD2, which all propose amendments to Chapter 343, and retains only Section 1 of SB2818 SD2, which proposes amendments to Chapter 341. HD1 also changes the effective date to July 1, 2010 and makes minor changes for consistency and style.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Update: SB2818 Now SD2; Hearing Today

After the Feb. 26 meeting of WAM, SB2818 was passed and amended to SD 2. The bill then passed over to the House on March 2 and passed its first reading there March 3.

It will be heard today, March 9, at 11:15 AM by a joint committee hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection (EEP), the Committee on Water, Land, & Ocean Resources (WLO), and the Committee on Economic Vitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM).

Friday, February 12, 2010

SB2818 SD1 Available

Senate Bill 2818 has been amended to SD1, which is available here.

This amended bill incorporates the recommendations by Senators Gabbard and Hee at their respective committee meetings.

SB2818 Passes Out of WTL Committee

Wednesday, February 11, 2010, SB2818 passed out of the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL). The major proposed changes to Chapter 341 include:
  1. Delete the transfer of DLNR
  2. Increase the Environmental Council (EC) to 9 members instead of 7
  3. Continue the terms of the existing EC through July 1, 2012 or until the next Council is confirmed
  4. Change the effective date of Chapter 341 amendments to July 1, 2010 instead of 2012
  5. Delete sections 2-4 regarding departmental transfer because they are no longer needed
The major proposed changes to Chapter 343 include:
  1. Clarify and simplify the proposed applicability and environmental assessment screen by amending 343-5(a) as follows: "a. Except as otherwise provided, an environmental assessment shall be required for actions that involve (i) major use of state or county lands or funds, or (ii) the issuance to a person of a major discretionary approval, such as a zoning approval or a permit by one or more agencies"
  2. Clarify that the mitigation monitoring report is only a disclosure document
  3. Add a definition of "significant adverse environmental effect" for clarity
  4. Change the "shelf life" rule, to be issued by the EC, to "not more than ten years" from a proposed "not more than seven"
  5. Clarify the effective date of 343-6 (rule-making) shall be July 1, 2010, while the rest of the 343 amendments will remain effective July 1, 2012
  6. Other technical amendments are also added
Chairman Hee recommended passing the bill in deference to other committees, noting that more opportunities to testify will be available in the future. Senator Hemmings repeated his appreciation for the effort of the study team and that the working group reexamine the issue of transferring the Environmental Council and OEQC from DOH to DLNR.

The votes in WTL were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senators Hee, Bunda, Kokubun, Hemmings; Ayes with reservations: none ; Noes: none; and 3 Excused: Senators Tokuda, Fukunaga, Takamine.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SB2818 Passes Out of ENE Committee

At 2:45 p.m. today, ENE passed SB2818 with amendments after Chairman Gabbard made a few remarks.

After thanking the Study Team for addressing concerns from the February 2 hearing, SB2818 was recommended to pass with the following amendments to Part I:
  1. Delete the transfer of DLNR
  2. Increase the Environmental Council (EC) to 9 members instead of 7
  3. Continue the terms of the existing EC through July 1, 2012 or until the next Council is confirmed
  4. Change the effective date of Chapter 341 amendments to July 1, 2010 instead of 2012
  5. Delete sections 2-4 regarding departmental transfer because they are no longer needed
and to Part II:
  1. Clarify and simplify the proposed applicability and environmental assessment screen by amending 343-5(a) as follows: "a. Except as otherwise provided, an environmental assessment shall be required for actions that involve (i) major use of state or county lands or funds, or (ii) the issuance to a person of a major discretionary approval, such as a zoning approval or a permit by one or more agencies"
  2. Clarify that the mitigation monitoring report is only a disclosure document
  3. Add a definition of "significant adverse environmental effect" for clarity
  4. Change the "shelf life" rule, to be issued by the EC, to "not more than ten years" from a proposed "not more than seven"
  5. Clarify the effective date of 343-6 (rule-making) shall be July 1, 2010, while the rest of the 343 amendments will remain effective July 1, 2012
  6. Other technical amendments are also added
Senator Gabbard stated the the committee is committed to passing legislation, recognizing that the environmental review system is broken, but the bill is still not finished because some issues have not been addressed yet. Therefore, he is convening a working group to be composed of:
  • the UH Study Team
  • the Director of OEQC
  • the Chair of the EC
  • a member of the EC and a planner
  • a member of BIA
  • a member of the Sierra Club
  • a member of LURF
  • a member of Earthjustice
  • a member of BeltCollins
  • a member of The Nature Conservancy
  • and a facilitator
Senator Gabbard noted that participation in the working group is a privilege, not a right. He does not expect unanimous consent, though it would be nice, and no one individual would have veto power over the process. He expects everyone to come into the working group in the spirit of compromise and anyone who disrupts the process may be removed, to be replaced or not at the Senator's discretion.

During discussion of the bill, Senator Hemmings commented that he thanked Senator Gabbard for keeping the bill alive. He thanked the Study for the work and research it conducted and lauded its efforts to make the bill more equitable. He hopes the working group will take a second shot at relocating OEQC and the EC from DOH, noting the lack of institutional support from DOH. He still believes DLNR may be the best place to house the two. Also, he desires the working group to look at zoning and permitting for activities that are existing uses in existing zoning, to ensure such activities are not hindered by unnecessary environmental review. Finally, he recommended the inclusion of a member from The Nature Conservancy.

The bill was passed by vote, with Senators Gabbard, English, Green, Hooser, Kokubun, and Hemmings all voting in favor.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hearing Notice for SB2818

THE SENATE
THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2010

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair
Senator J. Kalani English, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON WATER, LAND, AGRICULTURE, AND HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
Senator Clayton Hee, Chair
Senator Jill N. Tokuda, Vice Chair

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

DATE: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
TIME: 2:45 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 225, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

AMENDED AGENDA

SB 2441

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Establishes the intentional or knowing taking of an endangered species as a class C felony; provides a private right of action to enforce conservation of aquatic life, wildlife, and land plants laws.

ENE/WTL, JGO

SB 2818

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Transfers the office of environmental quality control and the environmental council from the department of health to the department of land and natural resources; reduces the membership of the environmental council from 15 to 7; establishes the environmental review special fund; revises the environmental assessment and environmental impact statement process to create a more streamlined, transparent, and consistent process.

ENE/WTL, WAM [Measure added on 01-29-10]




Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

FOR AMENDED HEARING NOTICES: If the notice is an amended notice, measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored. If there is a measure that is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

Persons wishing to testify should submit testimony in one of the following ways by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the hearing:

· By Email: Testimony may be emailed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Committee at ENETestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov . Please indicate the measure, date and time of the hearing. Email sent to individual offices or any other Senate office will not be accepted.

· By Web: Testimony may be submitted online if less than 4MB in size, at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailtestimony.

· In person: 1 copy of their testimony to the committee clerk, Room 201, State Capitol.

· By fax: Testimony may be faxed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Office at 586-6659 or 1-800-586-6659 (toll free for neighbor islands), at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. When faxing, please indicate to which committee the testimony is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing.

Please note: If you submit your written testimony after 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the hearing, please sign-in at the staff table to testify orally. A copy of your testimony may not be available during the hearing but will be posted online for the public after the hearing.

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids or services to participate in the public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the committee clerk 24 hours prior to the hearing so arrangements can be made.

Please note: All testimony received by the Hawaii Senate will be posted on the Hawaii Legislature's Website. Documents made available through the Testimony hyperlink(s) above may not be posted until the start of the hearing.

Public Folder. A folder labeled “Public Folder” containing the testimonies for the hearing will be available for shared use by members of the public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT 586-6830.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Twitter Updates of Environmental Protection Bills

A twitter page has been set up with automatic updates of any bill relating to environmental protection that has been introduced to the 2010 Hawaii State Legislature. Each update contains a link back to the bill profile page on the Hawaii State Legislature website. An RSS feed of all the updates for the twitter page is also available.

Alternative Proposal: Senate Bill 2830: Relating to Environmental Protection

An alternative proposal to the Study's omnibus bill has been introduced into the Senate. SB2830 proposes to
  • Remove the University of Hawaii Environmental Center from the environmental quality control process;

  • Transfer the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) from the Department of Health to the Office of the Governor; and

  • Revise the environmental review process to create an approach that is based primarily on land use decisions rather than individual projects.
Introducer: SAKAMOTO

To monitor the progress of the bill, visit here.

Senate Bill 2818: Relating to Environmental Protection

The Study's omnibus bill has been introduced to the Senate as SB2818. To monitor the progression of this bill, visit here.

For those new to the legislative process, the Hawaii State Legislature website has great background resources, including a Citizen's Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process, which can be downloaded here.

Introducers: GABBARD, KIDANI, KOKUBUN, Espero, Hee, Nishihara, Sakamoto, Takamine

An RSS feed for SB2818 is provided in the left sidebar below the quick links. Check back often to learn the status of the bill as it moves through the legislature.

House Bill 2398: Relating to Environmental Protection

Another version of the Study's omnibus bill has been introduced to the House as HB2398. To monitor the progression of the bill, visit here.

For those new to the legislative process, the Hawaii State Legislature website has great background resources, including a Citizen's Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process, which can be downloaded here.

Introducer: SAY (BR)

An RSS feed for HB2398 is provided in the left sidebar below the quick links. Check back often to learn the status of the bill as it moves through the legislature.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Alternative Approach to Chapter 341 - Expand the Role of OEQC

The Study considered a range of alternatives that were ultimately not preferred. This background document presents one alternative approach to governance.

The purpose of providing this alternative approach as part of the study’s background documents on the study website is to facilitate transparency about the study’s deliberative process and to facilitate further discussion of these important issues.

Instead of elevating the role of the Environmental Council, as proposed in the study’s omnibus bill (attached as Appendix 3 to the Jan. 1, 2010 Report), this alternative approach would amend Chapter 341 to significantly expand the role and authority of OEQC, transform the Environmental Council into a smaller advisory body to advise to OEQC and retain only their “liaison to the public” function, and shift to OEQC the Council’s current duties of rulemaking, exemption lists, and the annual report.

Some of the study team’s recommendations are common to both the omnibus bill and to this alternative approach. In this “full text” version of Chapter 341, the common recommendations are noted in italics. Amendments are underlined; deletions are in strikethrough and brackets. The footnotes provide brief explanations as well as links to the (common) numbered recommendations in the report.

To avoid confusion with the proposed omnibus bill, a bill format is not provided for this alternative approach to governance although the Legislative Reference Bureau did generously assist the study team with preliminary drafting of this alternative in bill format. Furthermore, this document is current with the report submitted to the legislature and will not be updated to reflect any changes to the proposed omnibus bill as it moves through the legislative process.

Alternative Approach to Chapter 343 - Modify the Existing System

The Study considered a range of alternatives to applicability that were ultimately not preferred. This background document presents one alternative approach.

The purpose of providing this alternative approach as part of the study’s background documents on the study website is to facilitate transparency about the study’s deliberative process and further discussion of these important issues.

Instead of a new “discretionary approval” and “probable, significant, and adverse environmental effects” screen proposed in the omnibus bill, this alternative approach would have made various modifications to the existing trigger system. The primary difference is seen in various amendments to HRS § 343-5(a) below.

Many of the study team’s recommendations are common to both the omnibus bill and to this alternative approach. In this “full text” version of Chapter 343, the common recommendations are noted in italics. Amendments are underlined; deletions are in strikethrough and brackets. The footnotes provide brief explanations as well as links to the (common) numbered recommendations in the report.

To avoid confusion with the proposed omnibus bill, a bill format is not provided for this alternative approach to applicability although the Legislative Reference Bureau did generously assist the study team with preliminary drafting of this alternative in bill format. Furthermore, this document is current with the report submitted to the legislature and will not be updated to reflect any changes to the proposed omnibus bill as it moves through the legislative process.

Statutory Recommendations to the Legislature: Appendix 4

The Report to the Legislature's Appendix 4 is a full-text version of Chapters 341 and 343 that include footnotes and how the statute would look if the omnibus bill were passed.

Statutory Recommendations to the Legislature: Appendix 3

The Report to the Legislature's Appendix 3 is the omnibus bill that serves as the basis for the recently introduced SB2185 and HB2322.

Statutory Recommendations to the Legislature: Appendix 2

In the Report to the Legislature, Appendix 2 provides a list of participants in the review process.

Friday, January 22, 2010

House Bill 2322: Relating to Environmental Protection

The Study's omnibus bill has been introduced to the House as HB2322. To monitor the progression of the bill, visit here.

For those new to the legislative process, the Hawaii State Legislature website has great background resources, including a Citizen's Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process, which can be downloaded here.

Introducers: MORITA, BELATTI, COFFMAN, HANOHANO, ITO, C. LEE, LUKE, B. OSHIRO, THIELEN, Cabanilla, Carroll, Chong, Evans, Keith-Agaran, M. Lee, McKelvey, Rhoads, Sagum, Say, Souki, Wakai, Yamashita

An RSS feed for HB2322 is provided in the left sidebar below the quick links. Check back often to learn the status of the bill as it moves through the legislature.

Update: Due to many alternatives of the omnibus bill and other bills relating to environmental protection, introducers of each bill will also be included.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Senate Bill 2185: Relating to Environmental Protection

The Study's omnibus bill has been introduced to the Senate as SB2185. To monitor the progression of this bill, visit here. It is currently referred to a joint meeting of the Energy and Environemnt (ENE) & Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Committees, and to the Ways and Means (WAM) Committee. No date has been set yet.

For those new to the legislative process, the Hawaii State Legislature website has great background resources, including a Citizen's Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process, which can be downloaded here.

Update: An RSS feed for SB2185 is provided in the left sidebar below the quick links. Check back often to learn the status of the bill as it moves through the legislature.

Update II: Introducer: HANABUSA (BR)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Statutory Recommendations to the Legislature: Appendix 1

Act 1 2008 is the authorizing legislation for the Study. The goods are in Section 10.

Basics of Environmental Impact Assessment

The United Nations University, RMIT University, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly developed an online course module that provides a critical overview of the theory and practice of environmental impact assessment (EIA), particulary from an international perspective. This is an excellent resource for those new to EIA or wish to review certain aspects of it.

The Module covers the:

  • purpose and aims of EIA;
  • EIA administration and practice;
  • concept of associated assessment processes;
  • key elements of the EIA process;
  • undertaking an EIA;
  • role of public participation;
  • stages that follow EIA;
  • the costs and benefits of undertaking EIA; and
  • understanding of the strengths and limitations of EIA.
Also on the site is an extensive list of definitions for common terms used in EIA and an EIA wiki.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Presentation for the 1.15.10 Legislative Information Briefing

For the Legislative Information Briefing on Friday, Jan 14, 2010, a powerpoint presentation was presented and a 1-page summary of the report was prepared.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Legislative Information Briefing

Friday, Jan 15, 2010, at 1:00 pm is a joint-information briefing for the legislature on the statutory recommendations for Hawaii's environmental review system.

Material from the presentation will be posted by Monday, Jan 17, along with other supplementary materials.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Report to the Legislature on Hawaii's Environmental Review System

After incorporating the feedback to the draft recommendations, the Study has released a report to the Hawaii State Legislature recommending a comprehensive modernization of Chapters 341 and 343 HRS.

To view the report online, click here. To download a PDF version, click here.



Check back next week for appendices to the report.

In summer 2010, the UH EIS Study Team will release a final report of the Study, including recommendations for Chapter 344 HRS and HAR 200 & 201.

If you would like to share your thoughts on any of these or review other people's comments, please click on any of the links above to leave a comment or email Scott Glenn or Nicole Lowen.

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Update: Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3, and Appendix 4 to the report have been posted in separate posts for direct access.