The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is holding eight public scoping meetings on six islands to solicit public comment on the scope of the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. (See below for the complete list of public scoping meetings.)
DOE and the State of Hawai‘i have established a long-term partnership to transform the way in which renewable energy and energy efficiency resources are planned and used in the state. In 2010, DOE announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA) with the State as a joint lead for wind energy development under the Hawai‘i Interisland Renewable Energy Program. In response to public comments, as well as regulatory and policy developments, DOE has broadened the scope of the analysis to now include energy efficiency, distributed renewables, utility-scale renewables, alternative transportation fuels and modes, and electrical transmission and distribution.
DOE invites federal, state, and local government agencies, Native Hawaiian and other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments and participate in public meetings on the scope of the PEIS—that is, the proposed action, the range of reasonable alternatives, and potential environmental impacts and other issues to be considered.
The public scoping meetings will involve a presentation of the NEPA process and the concept of a programmatic EIS; a question and answer session; and a formal commenting session, which will be transcribed by a court reporter to ensure that all comments are available to DOE for consideration during the preparation of the programmatic EIS. The meetings will provide opportunities to view exhibits on potential clean energy approaches, ask questions, and submit comments orally or in writing. Representatives from the DOE, State of Hawai‘i, and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be available to answer questions and provide additional information to participants. Individuals who submit comments during the scoping process and provide their contact information will receive copies of the draft programmatic EIS.
Scoping Meeting Locations:
• September 11, 2012 – O‘ahu, McKinley High School, 1039 South King Street, Honolulu, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
• September 12, 2012 – Kaua‘i, Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy Street, Lihue, 5:30 – 9:00
• September 13, 2012 – Hawai‘i, Kealakehe High School, 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona 5:00 – 8:30
• September 14, 2012 – Hawai‘i, Hilo High School, 556 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, 5:00 – 8:30
• September 17, 2012 – Maui, Pomaika‘i Elementary School, 4650 South Kamehameha Avenue, Kahului, 5:30 – 9:00
• September 18, 2012 – Lāna‘i, Lāna‘i High & Elementary School, 555 Fraser Avenue, Lāna‘i City, 5:00 – 8:30
• September 19, 2012 – Moloka‘i, Mitchell Pau‘ole Community Center, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai 5:30 – 9:00
• September 20, 2012 – O‘ahu, James B. Castle High School, 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, 5:00 – 8:30
More information is available online: http://www.hawaiicleanenergypeis.com
An early morning fire in Wailuku temporarily displaced a 93 year-old woman and her dog. Maui Fire Department crews got the initial alarm today at 3:41 a.m.
MFD Units Endine 1, Engine 10 and Rescue 10 arrived on the scene at Iao Parkside on Eha Street in minutes. Upon arrival, E-1 finds the front entrance walls on fire. Fire crews quickly got the fire under control at 3:55 a.m.
Neighbors woke a 93 year-old female and her dog to evacuate. She didn’t know her apartment was on fire. From other units in this complex, approximately seven people, were also evacuated. The fire was extinguished at 4:43 a.m.
Damages is estimated at $2,000.00 to the structure and $100.00 to contents.
Fire cause undetermined, pending Police Criminal Investigative Division investigation. The blaze may have been deliberately set.
THE TSUNAMI WATCH ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII HAS BEEN CANCELED AS OF 3:31 A.M.
EVALUATION: Based on all available data, there is no destructive tsunami threat to the State of Hawaii. Therefore, the tsunami watch for Hawaii is cancelled.
However, some coastal areas in Hawaii could experience small sea level changes and strong or unusual currents lasting up to several hours. The estimated time such effects might begin is 12:28 p.m. today.
Recreational boaters and swimmers should take note of this and exercise appropriate caution as even small currents or unusual sea level fluctuations could present a hazard to these activities.
INFORMATION: This will be the only message issued for this event unless additional data are received.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has canceled a tsunami watch that was issued briefly early this morning after a 7.6 earthquake struck the Philippines. At least one person died in the southern Philippines after a house collapsed. Power is out in several towns.
A tsunami alert originally was issued for several countries including Japan and for Pacific islands as far away as the Northern Marianas, but most of them were soon lifted, leaving warnings only for the Philippines, Indonesia and Palau, the center said.
Those warnings were also canceled after very small tsunami waves of just over an inch were recorded along the eastern Philippine coast near Legazpi city and another nearby location.
The quake struck at a depth of 21.7 miles, 66 miles east-southeast of Samar and 465 miles southeast of Manila at about 10:47 p.m. in Manila (2:47 a.m. in Hawaii), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The magnitude, initially reported at magnitude 7.9, was revised to 7.6, according to the USGS,
The tsunami watch for Hawaii was issued at 2:57 a.m. in Hawaii and canceled at 3:31 a.m.
Maui Police have released more details about this afternoon’s critical accident that closed the Honoapi’ilani Highway for more than four hours.
This afternoon at 1:33 p.m., a head-on collision occurred .3 miles west of the Pali tunnel on Honoapi’ilani Highway. Involved were a a Ford Super Duty F-150 pickup truck and a small sedan-like SUV.
Maui police say that the truck was being driven by a 35 year-old male from Lahaina. As he entered the curve before the tunnel, the truck driver failed to negotiate the curve. The truck crossed the double-yellow lines and impacted an Isuzu Rodeo, traveling in the opposite direction (toward Lahaina).
The collision was classified as “near head-on,” with the truck colliding with the sedan’s driver’s side quarter-panel and tire. As a result, the truck immediately impacted and stopped the sedan’s forward progress and impacted it against a rock embankment.
The driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt. He was slightly injured – but treated and released from Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Both the driver and passenger in the Rodeo were wearing seat belts, and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. Both women had to be extricated from the vehicle and both were were transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The extrication took nearly a half-hour.
The Isuzu driver remains in critical condition at the hospital. The passenger remains in the hospital in stable condition.
The involvement of speed, alcohol and/or drugs is still under investigation.
Four women, two each in two vehicles, were involved in a head-on collision today at Mile Marker 12 along Honoapi’ilani Highway.
Maui County Paramedic Units Medic 4 (Lahaina) & Medic 10 (Kahului) were dispatched at 1:35 p.m. today, to a head-on collision on Honoapiilani Highway just north of the Pali tunnel. The accident closed Honoapi’ilani Highway from that time until 5:55 p.m. today. Motorists are expected to endure significant delays in both directions.
Upon arrival, the medic units found two vehicles, a full sized pick up truck and a four door sedan, that had collided head-on with each sustaining major damage. Two patients were transported from the scene, both are local females and were in the sedan.
Medic 4 transported a 48 year-old female in serious condition with back injuries and multiple abrasions (the front seat passenger). Medic 10 transported an approximately 46year-old female, in critical condition with head injuries. Paramedic crews did not gather identification at that time – as the critical nature of the required medical attention prevailed.
Both patients required extrication from the sedan because of the extensive damages which trapped them within. Extrication took 28 minutes. There were no patients transported from the pickup truck. Both females in that vehicle were wearing their seatbelts.
(Report Provided by Maui County Paramedics Association)
Honolulu, HI (August 30, 2012) –Over the last 2 days, the Hawaii Red Cross has deployed 19 volunteers to support relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi. 13 volunteers from Oahu, Maui, and West Hawaii flew to Houston Tuesday night and were transported to a Red Cross staging area in Orange, Texas. All have left Houston for Louisiana to begin delivering services. Another 4 volunteers (2 from Oahu, 1 from Kauai, and 1 from Molokai) left for Houston last night. Two additional volunteers from the Big Island will also be deploying, one tonight and one tomorrow, for Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Charlene Felkley is one of our Oahu Red Cross volunteers. She said, “I’m in Lafayette, Louisiana and waiting to get our shelter assignment. Still not sure exactly where we’ll be. I’m on a team representing Red Cross from Delaware, California, South Carolina and Hawaii.”
Michele Liberty, Maui Red Cross County Director, added, “There are 22 shelter teams that left Houston today for Louisiana. The mood of the volunteers is anticipation, everyone is waiting for their assignment, ready to work and from the look of things, it looks like there’s a lot of work to be done. We are seeing a lot of local businesses closed but haven’t reached the parts hardest hit yet. We know a lot of people have been evacuated and electricity is sporadic. We are currently in Lafayette and then driving into Baton Rouge. We’ll be staying in a staff shelter at a church and then getting our assignments tomorrow morning.”
Isaac continues its march inland with strong winds and flooding, and the Red Cross is providing thousands of people with food, shelter and other emergency services. The Red Cross is focused right now on people’s emergency needs and is starting to move more volunteers, equipment and supplies into communities as the storm passes.
Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by either downloading the Red Cross Hurricane App and using the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social media accounts, or registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website.
Hurricane Isaac has caused devastating flooding and wind damage in communities from Florida to Texas, and thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. And now we need your financial help. This is a massive relief effort and the Red Cross will be here for weeks helping people recover. After a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched – and our costs are growing by the hour.
This is a very big and ongoing storm, and the full extent of damage or the entire Red Cross response isn’t known as Isaac continues its march. What we do know is that the Red Cross response to Isaac is already large and that it will go on for a long time. Our current best estimate is that Red Cross relief services for Isaac could cost as much as tens of millions of dollars. A year ago, the Red Cross spent $18 million to provide shelter, food, comfort and hope to people affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. We haven’t raised anywhere near the millions of dollars we will need for the Isaac response. But the public has always come through for us when Americans need help.
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