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Notice #: 0001292078-01
Public Notices

U.S. Army to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Army Training Land Retention at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii Island In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA), the Department of the Army (Army) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the Army’s proposed retention of up to approximately 23,000 acres of land currently leased to the Army by the State of Hawaii (“State-owned land”) at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the island of Hawaii. The EIS will be a joint NEPA-HEPA document as the proposed retention involves State-owned land; therefore, the public scoping processes will run concurrently and will jointly meet NEPA and HEPA requirements. The Army invites public comments on the scope of the EIS during a 40-day public scoping period beginning Sept. 4, 2020. Comments can be submitted on the EIS website: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/PTAEIS, as well as emailed to usarmy.hawaii.nepa@mail.mil, or mailed to: ATLR PTA EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI 96801-3444. All comments must be postmarked or submitted by October 14, 2020, to be considered in preparation of the EIS. The public is invited to participate in an online scoping open house Sept. 23, 2020, to take place on the project website: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/PTAEIS. During the virtual open house participants can: 1) View online presentations. 2) Call (808) 300-0220 to submit oral comments from 4 p.m. 9 p.m. (Sept. 23 only). For more information or accessibility requests, please contact Mr. Michael Donnelly, PTA Public Affairs Officer, at michael.o.donnelly.civ@mail.mil or (808) 969-2411. (WHT/HTH/SA1292078 9/6, 9/14, 9/20/20)