The U.S. Navy will be holding a series of statewide community meetings next week.
Navy officials will be presenting a draft environmental impact statement reevaluating potential impacts associated with ongoing military activities. Including: active sonar use and explosives while employing mitigation measures to protect amrine life.
The statement was prepared to support the issuance of federal permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. The Navy's last impact statement was completed in 2013 for training and testing activities, and was valid until 2018.
This statement is an updated analysis, and will support future activities beginning next year.
The community meetings will allow residents to ask questions and raise concerns with officials.
Cory Scott is an Environmental Planner for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
She says community feedback is important to the process.
Scott says the Navy is committed to protecting marine species and reducing the its impact on the environment as much as it can.
Residents have until December 12th to submit their comments either online http://www.hstteis.com or by mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific
Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134
Four public meetings are being held across the state from 4-8 PM, at the following locations:
Oahu Veterans Center,
Fred Ballard Hall
1298 Kukila St
Honolulu, HI 96818
Maui High School,
660 S. Lono Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
Kauai Veterans Center
3215 Kapule Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Waiakea High School
155 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720
The draft EIS can be found online at http://www.hstteis.com