Rules Update

The Environmental Council (Council) is updating Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 11-200, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Rules. This chapter establishes the procedures, content requirements, criteria, and definitions for implementing Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 343, the EIS law.

Pursuant to HRS § 343-6, the Council must consult with affected agencies before revising. In addition, the Council is requesting feedback from the general public on its working draft language. The Council is not required to do this additional consultation. But, it is a citizen-led board responsible for the EIS process and subject to the Sunshine Law. Therefore, it believes that proactive engagement with stakeholders and the public prior to formalizing a draft rules package best embodies the spirit of the EIS and Sunshine laws. Once the Council has agreed upon a draft of revisions, it will request approval to go out for public hearings.

Pursuant to HRS Chapter 91, the Environmental Council must give 30 days notice for public hearings, and per HRS § 343-6, the Council must hold a public hearing in each county. The timeline for the public hearings and afterward is still to be determined.

Comment on the latest version of the revised rules

Click the link above to comment directly on the PDF of the latest version of the revised rules, and to see other comments. You can comment anonymously or register and login to identify yourself and get additional features, like the ability to upvote or downvote comments. For general comments that are not associated with specific lines wthin the document, please email oeqchawaii@doh.hawaii.gov.

Alternatively, comments may be sent directly to oeqchawaii@doh.hawaii.gov.

Please note that comments submitted on the draft rules are public documents. Do not include any information that you do not want shared with the public, such as personal information like phone numbers or email addresses. After August 16, all comments received will be shared with the public as is without redaction. The Council and OEQC will not be responsible for redacting information.

Timeline

Date Event Version Additional Info
7/27/17 Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes (forthcoming) Version 0.1 as prepared by the Permitted Interaction Group and introduced to the Council Department of Health News Release: State Environmental Council Updating EIS Rules
8/8/17 Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes (forthcoming) Version 0.1 discussed and approved as baseline document  None
8/22/17 Council Meeting Agenda Version 0.1 to be discussed Discussion will be rules only
9/5/17 Council Meeting
Agenda (TBD)
Version 0.2 to be introduced and discussed (tentative) Discussion may include other Council business (committees)
9/19/17 Council Meeting
Agenda (TBD)
Version 0.2 to be discussed (tentative) Discussion likely to be rules only
10/3/17 Council Meeting
Agenda (TBD)
Version 0.3 to be introduced and discussed, possible decision making (tentative) Discussion may include other Council business (committees)
10/18/17 Council Meeting
Agenda (TBD)
Version 0.3 to be discussed, possible Version 0.4 introduced, possible decision making (tentative) The version approved by the Council will be prepared as Version 1 for the public hearing request
TBD Notice of Public Hearings Version 1 – Draft Rules TBD
30 Days
from Notice
Public Hearings
(4; 1 in each county)
Version 1 – Draft Rules TBD
TBD Council to consider results of the public hearings and review proposed language Version 1.1 etc. until finalized as Version 2 and submitted to Governor for approval TBD

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Relevant statutes and rules

Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes (HRS) are written by the state legislature and signed by the governor, and can only be changed through legislative action.

Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules (HAR) establish the specific processes used to enact the statutes and are written by state agencies.