Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Four Hawaii Wind Projects

April 26, 2019

Contact(s):

Megan Nagel, megan_nagel@fws.gov, 808-792-9530



HONOLULU, Hawai?i - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that addresses the potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects of operations and maintenance activities of four similar wind energy projects on three endangered species. The draft PEIS and associated habitat conservation plans will be available for public comment from April 26, 2019 – June 10, 2019.

 

Pakini Nui Wind Farm on the Island of Hawai?i, Auwahi Wind and Kaheawa Wind Power II projects on Maui, and the Kawailoa Wind Power project on O?ahu have applied to the Service for an incidental take permit or permit amendment under the Endangered Species Act. Due to similarities in the geography, impact, covered species and proposed mitigation measures among these four wind energy projects the Service has determined that a combined PEIS is the most efficient and comprehensive approach for considering the cumulative impacts of these actions on the human environment. 

 

The proposed permit and permit amendments would address take of the endangered ??pe?ape?a (Hawaiian hoary bat), n?n? (Hawaiian goose) and ?ua?u (Hawaiian petrel).  The four wind projects have prepared a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (Pakini Nui) or amended Habitat Conservation Plans (Kaheawa Wind Phase II, Auwahi, and Kawailoa) designed to minimize and mitigate impacts to the ??pe?ape?a, n?n? and ?ua?u.

 

Habitat Conservation Plans are voluntary agreements between the Service and a landowner, private company or non-federal agency that ensure harmful effects to threatened and endangered species are minimized or offset. The Service regularly engages conservation partners, the public, landowners, government agencies and other stakeholders in our ongoing effort to identify innovative strategies for conserving and recovering species while supporting important economic and energy initiatives.

 

The Service will hold three public meetings, one each on the islands of Hawai?i, Maui and O?ahu. The dates for the meeting are:

 

  • O‘ahu: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Waialua Elementary School

67-020 Waialua Beach Rd

Waialua, HI 96791

 

  • Maui: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kula Elementary School

5000 Kula Hwy

Kula, HI 96790

 

  • Hawai‘i: Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Na'alehu Community Center

95-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy,

Na'alehu, HI 96722

 

To request additional information or submit written comments, please use one of the following methods.  Please include “Wind Energy HCPs and PEIS” and reference FWS–R1–ES–2019–N032 in the subject line of your request, message or comment:

 

·       U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3–122, Honolulu, Hawai?i 96850. 

·       Email: HIwindPEIS@fws.gov

·       Fax: 808–792–9580, Attn: Field Supervisor.

·       Internet: You may obtain copies of this notice from the Service’s Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office in Honolulu, Hawai?i or on the Internet at https://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/ 

 

The Service will consider all written or verbal comments on the draft PEIS and the draft and amended HCPs that are received or postmarked by June 10. All comments and materials received become part of the public record associated with this action. Before including an address, phone number or other personal identifying information in comments, the public should be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—might be made publicly available at any time.

 

More information, including the draft PEIS, amended HCPs and mitigation plans, can be found at http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/

 

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