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.

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Final Report on Hawaii's Environmental Review System 2010