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Hawaii Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-HI)

All projects must follow the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA) environmental review that propose to use state or county lands or funds, or lands within conservation districts, shoreline areas, historic sites, in the Waikiki Special District or proposing a wastewater system, waste-to-energy facility, landfill, oil refinery, or power generating facility. The process is regulated by the Hawaii Department of Health Office of Environmental Quality Control (OECQ) under H.R.S. 343 and H.A.R. 11-200. A determination must be made whether the proposed activity will have a significant impact under H.A.R. 11-200-12. To make this determination, the developer must follow the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.

The Environmental Assessment process is regulated by the OECQ under H.A.R. 11-200-10. The process involves review and approval by OECQ of a draft EA, public notice and comment, and a determination if the proposed activity will have a significant impact. If OECQ determines the proposed activity will not have a significant impact, the draft EA is revised and a final EA is produced subject to OECQ approval. Upon approval the OECQ will issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

If the OECQ does not issue a FONSI, the developer must follow the EIS Process under H.A.R. 11-200-16. The process involves review and approval by OECQ of a draft EIS, public notice and comment, and completion of environmental studies and agency consultation. The draft EIS is then revised and a final EIS is produced subject to OECQ approval.

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Permitting at a Glance

Hawaii Federal

Environmental Review Process: Hawaii's State Environmental Policy Act requires a environmental asssessment, unless exempt, of most proposed projects, and if the impact of the proposed project is significant the project must undergo the environmental impact statement process.
Environmental Review Process Agency: Hawaii Department of Health Office of Environmental Quality Control
Environmental Review Threshold: Any project proposing to use state or county lands or funds, or lands within conservation districts, shoreline areas, historic sites, in the Waikiki Special District or proposals for a...waste-to-energy facility or power generating facility according to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 343-5, unless otherwise exempt.
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.

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