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U.S. Army Publishes Second Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Army Training Land Retention at Pohakuloa Training Area on island of Hawai’i In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Hawai’i Environmental Policy Act (HEPA), the Department of the Army (Army) published a Second Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the Army’s proposed retention of up to approximately 22,750 acres of land currently leased to the Army by the State of Hawai’i (“State-owned land”) at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the island of Hawai’i. The public comment periods will run concurrently to meet both NEPA and HEPA requirements. The Army invites public comments on the Second Draft EIS during a public comment period beginning April 19, 2024. The Second Draft EIS and public meeting materials are available on the EIS website: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ptaeis/project-home. The public may also review the Second Draft EIS at the following local libraries: Hawai’i State Library, Hawai’i Documents Center; Hilo Public Library; Kailua-Kona Public Library; and Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library. Comments can be submitted on the EIS website, emailed to: ATLR-PTA-EIS@g70.design, or mailed to: ATLR PTA EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI 96801-3444. To be considered in the Final EIS, all comments must be postmarked or email dated by 11:59 p.m. Hawai’i Standard Time on June 7, 2024. The public is invited to attend Second Draft EIS public meetings on the following dates and times on the island of Hawai’i: 1. Waimea District Park, May 6, 2024, from 6-8 PM 2. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, May 7, 2024, from 6-8 PM Verbal comments will also be accepted over the phone on May 6 and May 7, 2024, by dialing (808) 515-5518. The public will have the option to watch the Second Draft EIS public meetings through a live video stream that can be accessed on the EIS website. For more information on the Second Draft EIS public meetings, please visit the project website at: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ptaeis/project-home. For more information or accessibility requests, please contact the U.S. Army Garrison Hawai’i, Public Affairs Office, at usarmy.hawaii.nepa@army.mil or (808) 787-2140.