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Don't scrap rules to allow development


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2012

~~<p>State legislators called for exempting state and county construction projects from the standard environmental review process early in the session because of the economic recession. They now are going forward with the plan, although the state's economy is improving and the Abercrombie administration is sending conflicting signals on the issue. Lawmakers instead should shelve the proposal, realizing that such drastic action is unwarranted given the tradeoff harm to environmental safeguards.</p>
<p>One measure, Senate Bill 755, sought to allow the governor and mayors to create lists of public projects for exemption from the assessment process that determines whether full-scale environmental impact statements are required. It was amended Thursday to give only the governor this power, for projects approved through June 2015.</p>
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State legislators called for exempting state and county construction projects from the standard environmental review process early in the session because of the economic recession. They now are going forward with the plan, although the state's economy is improving and the Abercrombie administration is sending conflicting signals on the issue. Lawmakers instead should shelve the proposal, realizing that such drastic action is unwarranted given the tradeoff harm to environmental safeguards.

One measure, Senate Bill 755, sought to allow the governor and mayors to create lists of public projects for exemption from the assessment process that determines whether full-scale environmental impact statements are required. It was amended Thursday to give only the governor this power, for projects approved through June 2015. Login for more...



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