The study focuses on five areas of concern within the system: (1) applicability, (2) governance, (3) participation, (4) content and, (5) process, and describes identified issues and specific recommendations for addressing them. The 390 page document proposes drastic changes to Hawaii's environmental review laws, particularly HRS chapter 343, Hawaii's environmental impact statement law.
For previous blog entries on this study, see:
- Hawaii Environmental Reform Bill Deferred Indefinitely
- Honolulu Advertiser Chimes in on Environmental Reform
- Hawaii Environmental Reform Bill Passes Second Senate Committee
- Hawaii Environmental Reform Bill Passes Committee with Amendments
- Final Report to the Legislature on Hawaii's EIS Law
- Joint Legislative Committee Will Consider Changes to Hawaii's EIS Law
It is anticipated that recommendations from this study will be included in proposed bills submitted to the legislature for its consideration. The opening day of Hawaii's Legislature is held on the third Wednesday in January; i.e., January 19, 2011.
For more on environmental laws, see Environmental Law.