Environmental Planning Office

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The Environmental Planning Office (EPO) assists the Department of Health (DOH) with the coordination of land use project reviews.

For the first time ever, DOH has been designated as the agency charged with determining the acceptability of a Chapter 343 State environmental review document. In the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Hawaii Dairy Farms (HDF) proposes to establish and operate a rotational-grazing pasture system dairy farm on 557-acres in Māhāʻulepū Valley on the island of Kaua‘i.

DOH received the FEIS from HDF on Jan. 17, 2017 and, by law, had 30 calendar days to determine the acceptability of the FEIS in accordance with Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Title 11-200-23(d).

On Feb. 14, 2017, DOH received a request from HDF to extend the decision-making period for the FEIS by eight calendar days.  DOH allowed the extension and expected to make a decision on the FEIS on or before Feb. 24th. DOH informed the public about this extension through a DOH Press Release on Feb. 14th.

DOH upon receipt of the FEIS on Jan. 17, 2017 requested OEQC to make a recommendation regarding the acceptability or non-acceptability of the statement (HRS 343-5).  The OEQC complied with this request and provided DOH with a recommendation letter on Feb. 16th.

On February 21, 2017, HDF, through their contractor Group 70, provided OEQC with a notice of withdrawal of FEIS in accordance with HAR 11-200-23(f).

DOH is currently reviewing State laws (HRS 343 and HAR 11-200) and consulting experts to clarify the process going forward.  Once a determination of the process is made, EPO will update this website page.

HDF Final EIS Volumes:
Vol. 1 – Final EIS

Vol. 2 – Appendices
Vol. 3 – Agency and Organization Responses
Vol. 4 – Friends of Mahaulepu Responses
Vol. 5 – Kawailoa Development Responses
Vol. 6 – Individual Responses (1 of 2)
Vol. 7 – Individual Responses (2 of 2)
Vol. 8 – EISPN Responses (1 of 2)
Vol. 9 – EISPN Responses (2 of 2)

EPO assists the Deputy Director of Environmental Health with the coordination of cross-program directives, and provides the public with data on the results of Environmental Health Administration (EHA) actions. Our interdisciplinary, environmental health programs are enumerated below.  To learn more about the Office, visit our About page.  If you have any inquiries or comments, please contact us.

EPO Programs and Activities

Strategic Planning and Coordination

EPO assists with the development of the Environmental Health Administration (EHA) strategic plan, and its communication, coordination, and implementation.  EPO’s purview also includes internal planning documents that shape the strategic plan, including EPA grant work plans.

Land Use Planning and Review

EPO reviews and communicates DOH evaluations of proposed developments in Hawaii, focusing on large projects that can substantially affect environmental health. Downloadable standard comments are available to assist applicants in preparing environmental impact statements and assessments.

2015 EHA Report Highlights

Environmental Health Management Report

Consistent with the State Strategic Plan and the DOH Strategic Plan, the EPO compiles the ‘Environmental Health Management (EHM) Report’ annually. This comprehensive report covers a wide array of environmental goals, strategies and monitoring metrics. The EHM Report also describes the structure and duties of DOH Environmental Health Administration and its constituent branches and offices.

Environmental Indicators

EPO gathers data from the various DOH Environmental Health branches and offices. Our environmental indicators summarize DOH’s environmental monitoring and sampling efforts, as consistent with federal standards.

Legislative Affairs

EPO coordinates with all branches and offices under the DOH Environmental Health Administration (EHA) on relevant legislation reviewed. Pertinent measures are analyzed and delegated according to subject matter and jurisdictions, according to existing state laws and statutes.

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Climate Change

Climate change is having broad-reaching effects state-wide and world-wide. Various DOH Programs are taking climate change into account as they move forward with their work. The EPO Office Manager participates in the intergovernmental committee on adaptation to climate change (ICAC) and a task force lead by the Hawaii Public Health Association (HPHA).

Public Affairs

EPO helps disseminate information about DOH-EHA programs and recommendations for the public.

Environmental Justice 

EPO assists DOH in promoting health equity and environmental justice (EJ). As resources allow, EPO facilitates EJ projects.

Environmental Geographic Information System

The EGIS is a computer-based, environmental Geographic Information System used in planning, data analysis, and the creation of maps. This program provides services to DOH-EHA and the EPA. Some EGIS data is incorporated into the State Environmental Health Warehouse (EHW).


Environmental Planning Office
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 312
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 586-4337
Email: doh.epo@doh.hawaii.gov

Last update: 2/23/2017