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Hawaii Bulk Transmission Environmental Review(9-HI)

In Hawaii, the Hawaii Department of Health Office of Environmental Quality Control (DHO) may need to conduct an environmental review for a proposed bulk transmission project, as required by the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA). Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 343-5. HEPA requires that an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement be conducted from 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 proposing a wastewater system, waste-to-energy facility, landfill, oil refinery, or power generating facility according to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 343-5. Hawaii Revised Statutes 343; Haw. Code R. §§ 11-200.1-1–11-200.1-33. The developer should consider the project’s impact on environmental resources and comply with federal and state environmental law. 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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Hawaii Federal

Environmental Review: All actions including "projects that propose to use state or county lands or funds, or lands within conservation districts, shoreline areas, historic sites, or propose activity within the Waikiki Special District, or propose any power generating facility…" must comply with the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act.
Environmental Review Agency: Hawaii Department of Health Office of Environmental Quality Control
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.