A Review of the Hawaii Environmental Impact Assessment Process

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by Peter J. Rappa, Univ of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States,
Jacquelin N. Miller, Univ of Hawaii, Honolulu, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93:

Abstract: This paper reports on the review of Hawaii's environmental impact assessment process undertaken by the University of Hawaii Environmental Center. The purpose of the review was to: 1) Examine provisions of Hawaii's EIA law and amendments made since 1978; 2) Evaluate the efficacy of the present process in achieving its intended objectives; 3) Analyze EIA processes in other states; 4) Make recommendations for improvements if necessary. As a result of the review, suggestions for improving the Hawaii state EIA process were developed covering the following areas: 1) Management of the EIA process; 2) Action coverage and criteria for triggering the EIA process; 3) Formal review for findings of no significant impact; and 4) EIS preparation responsibility.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Colleges and universities | Legislation | North America | Hawaii | United States

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