Hawaii Dairy Farms Final EIS was filed with the State Department of Health Tuesday January 17, 2017. That filing is at best self serving because it only means that the same company that prepared the dairy plan, Group 70 International, has filed the final part of their report claiming no significant environmental impact from the proposed industrial dairy operation. To date, there has been no independent engineering review or governmental agency review of the Group 70 claims. Are we surprised that Group 70 found the Plan they developed was safe?
So what happens now? Yes, you can and should send a written response if the dairy’s response to your Draft EIS Comment was “not satisfactory” or failed altogether to address your concerns. Our time is short. Respond as soon as you can as the EPO director, Laura McIntyre, will need make a recommendation to the DOH Director, Virginia Pressler, MD. The recommendation will be either to “accept” or “reject” the EIS on or before February 10, 2017. DOH has 30 days and we need to give them any critical information we have, being as concise as possible, as soon as possible because the Director has a deadline of February, 14, 2017. ACCEPTING OR REJECTING THE EIS IS NOT THE SAME AS APPROVING AN INDUSTRIAL DAIRY OPERATION AT MAHA`ULEPU. The Waste Water Branch Chief, Sina Pruder, P.E., is still charged with an independent review to determine whether the proposed industrial dairy will be allowed to operate at Maha`ulepu. Sina Pruder, P.E., has reviewed the diary Plan but has not approved HDF’s Plan thus far. It would probably be helpful if there are obvious shortcomings in the dairy’s response to your DEIS Comment to direct you response to all three of the following individuals:
Ms. Laura McIntyre
State of Hawai’i, Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Virginia Pressler, MD
Director, State of Hawaii Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Sina Pruder, P.E.
Chief Wastewater Branch
Environmental Management Division
Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 309
Honolulu, HI 96814
The Draft EIS was contained in four large volumes. The Final EIS is contained in 9 volumes, as there were more concerns raised with the filing of the Draft EIS. You can access the FEIS here.
The first 2 volumes of the FEIS are the HDF Plan and appendices. The other seven volumes consist of prior EIS filings by HDF and the comments expressing concerns from both governmental agencies and the public with HDF responses.
If you have any time and expertise and would like to participate in a small group of dedicated reviewers, please send an email with Reviewer as the subject, indicating your availability, skills and/or background to help. It’s now or never but FOM does not intend to stop here.
Assuming the worst, that somehow the volumes of misinformation result in acceptance of the FEIS and that is latter followed by a Waste Water Branch Chief approval of the industrial dairy operation at Maha`ulepu, FOM intends to file a State Environmental Court Challenge. We have no choice. We must do all that we can to preserve our quality of life on the South Shore of Kauai, our health and the health of the drinking water, endangered species and the ocean. We need financial help now more than ever as we marshal our experts and respond to the FEIS.