FAQs KBPH Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvement EIS

FAQs

KBPH Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS

9/23/14

The following is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS.

What is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?
What is the action to be evaluated in the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?
What is the scope of the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?
Who is preparing the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?
What are cumulative and secondary impacts?
Where can I review the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?
How can I participate in the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?
When will the public meetings be held?

What is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?

The proposed action (project) is being sponsored by a State agency subject to public environmental review under Chapter 343, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS). This State law requires public agencies and applicants of certain non-government actions to evaluate their projects to determine whether the proposed action requires preparation of an EIS or an Environmental Assessment (EA), depending on the anticipated level of probable impacts generated by that action. An EA is generally prepared for projects expected to result in no significant impacts.

The KBPH Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements project would require the use of state funds and land, and the Department of Transportation (DOT), Harbors Division (DOT-H) anticipates significant impacts. As a result, DOT-H is proceeding with the preparation of an EIS.

An EIS publicly discloses specific information about the proposed action; its’ probable effect on the physical and biological environment and on the economic welfare, social welfare, and cultural practices of the community and state; proposed mitigation measures to minimize adverse effects; and alternatives to the proposed action and their environmental effects. The EIS, which includes technical studies, is used to assist in the decision-making process for the project.

EIS requirements are defined in Chapter 343, HRS, and Title 11, Chapter 200 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR). More information can be found at the following link:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0343/HRS_0343-.htm

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What is the action to be evaluated in the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?

The Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor (KBPH) Fuel Pier EIS will evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed construction and operations of a dedicated Fuel Pier at Piers 3 and 4. Please see the EIS for details of the proposed action being evaluated.

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 What is the scope of the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?

The scope of the KBPH Fuel Pier EIS will include an evaluation of the environmental consequences of the proposed action and its secondary and cumulative impacts. Environmental concerns to be addressed include: land use compatibility, harbor infrastructure, marine water quality, ocean life including marine animals and plants, vehicular traffic, public safety and security, noise, air quality, archaeological, historic, and cultural resources, and socio-economics. The EIS process will involve a public scoping meeting, identifying environmental concerns, collecting relevant data, conducting necessary technical studies, receiving public and agency input, evaluating alternatives, and proposing measures to minimize or avoid adverse impacts.

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 Who is preparing the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?

The Hawaii Department of Transportation, Harbors Division (DOT-H) is responsible for harbor improvements and is preparing the EIS.

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What are cumulative and secondary impacts?

Secondary or indirect impacts are those impacts caused by the proposed action that are later in time or further removed in distance, but still reasonably foreseeable. Cumulative impacts are those impacts on the environment which result from the incremental impact of the action when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions, regardless of what agency or person undertakes those other actions. The EIS will analyze the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts associated with the KBPH Fuel Pier project.

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Where can I review the Fuel Pier and Harbor Improvements EIS?

Copies of the Draft EIS will be available as follows:

  • Electronic copies can be downloaded at any one of the following websites:
  • Electronic copies will be available at the following public libraries:Island of O‘ahu
    • Hawaii Kai Regional Library
    • Hawaii State Library, Hawaii Documents Center
    • Kaimuki Regional Library
    • Kaheohe Regional Library
    • Kapolei Library
    • Pearl City Regional Library

    Island of Hawai‘i

    • Hilo Regional Library

    Island of Maui

    • Kahului Regional Library

    Island of Kaua‘i

    • Lihue Regional Library
  • Paper copies can be reviewed at OEQC, 235 South Beretania Street, Suite 702; Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
  • Electronic copies will be available on CD. To obtain a CD, please submit your request to:Group 70 International, Inc.
    Attn: Mr. Jeff Overton, Principal Planner
    925 Bethel Street, 5th Floor
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    kbph@group70int.com

Any comments received by the DOT-H during the public comment period will be responded to in writing and, as appropriate, incorporated into the Final EIS.

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How can I participate in the Fuel Pier EIS review process?

Opportunities to provide input will be provided at public meetings held in Fall 2013, Winter 2013, and Spring 2014. To be notified about these meetings, please fill out the form on the Contact page.

http://kalaeloaharbor2040.com/contact/

If you miss these meetings, you will have the opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS, scheduled to be available in Spring 2014. Written comments may be submitted to the DOT-H on the Draft EIS during the 45-day public review period following public notice and distribution.

The Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) publishes a bimonthly bulletin (The Environmental Notice) listing EAs and EISs that have been received for announcement of availability for public review. The review and comment period starts as of the date of notice in the OEQC bulletin. From the OEQC Home Page, under Quick Links, click on the Current Environmental Notice or Previous Environmental Notices.

http://health.hawaii.gov/oeqc/

Comments should be submitted in writing (postmarked no later than the last day of the public review period) to the DOT-H at the following addresses:

Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, Harbors Division
Attn: Mr. Dean Watase, Senior Planner
79 South Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813
T: (808) 587-1883
F: (808) 587-2504
E: dean.watase@hawaii.gov

With a copy to its consultant:

Group 70 International, Inc.
Attn: Mr. Jeff Overton, Principal Planner
925 Bethel Street, 5th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
T: (808) 523-5866
F: (808) 523-5874
E: kbph@group70int.com

Any comments received by the DOT-H during the public comment period will be responded to in writing and, as appropriate, incorporated into the Final EIS.

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When will the EIS public meetings be held?

While there are no requirements for public meetings in the EIS process, DOT-H determined it would be in the public interest to have open meetings in the community for public input.  These meetings are planned and will be announced through a major local newspaper, posting of meeting notices, notification of stakeholders, local radio station announcements, email, and this website.

The next meeting will be held on October 13, 2014 at the DHHL Hale Pono‘i Room, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway from 6pm-8pm. This meeting will provide the public with the opportunity to obtain information on the project and offer input on special interests or concerns in the preparation of the EIS.

You may also find upcoming meetings under the Latest News link. http://kalaeloaharbor2040.com/news/

When available, EIS meeting minutes can be found on the EIS Documents page.

http://kalaeloaharbor2040.com/fuel-pier-eis-documents/

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