Navy schedules hearing to cover training impact

The Maui News

The U.S. Navy has scheduled a public hearing from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Maui High School for its draft environmental impact statements for personnel and weapons systems training between Hawaii and Southern California.

The training includes the use of active sonar and explosives while taking measures to protect marine species, an announcement says.

“Proposed training and testing activities are similar to the types of activities that have occurred in the study area for decades,” it says. “The purpose of the proposed action is to maintain a ready force, which is needed to ensure the Navy can accomplish its mission to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining the freedom of the seas.”

The proposed training areas are at sea between the Navy’s Hawaii and Southern California range complexes where training and testing occur. Training also includes the development, testing and introduction of new vessels, aircraft and weapons systems.

The environmental studies have been done as part of the Navy’s application for permits under the Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species acts.

A 60-day public comment period ends Dec. 12. All public comments must be postmarked or received online by then to be included in the Navy’s final environmental impact statements.

Send comments to www.HSTTEIS.com or via U.S. mail to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific; Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager; 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100; Pearl Harbor 96860-3134.

Overall, there will be five public hearings — four in Hawaii and one in San Diego.

The draft environmental documents are available at the Kahului Public Library.

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