3 county residents appointed to state Enviromental Council

Stephanie Dunbar-Co of Molokai, Ian Robin Kaye of Lanai and Robert Parsons of Maui have been appointed by Gov. David Ige to the 15-member state Environmental Council.

The Environmental Council serves several functions affecting the environment and development, including creating administrative rules for environmental impact statements and vetting state and county agency lists for actions considered exempt from the environmental impact statement or environmental assessment process, the governor’s office said in a news release.

The council also acts as a liaison between Office of Environmental Quality Control Director Scott Glenn and the public and monitors the state in meeting its environmental goals through the publication of an annual report on the state of Hawaii’s environment.

The Governor’s Office said that it has been almost a decade since the council has been fully appointed.

“I encourage residents across the state to provide the Environmental Council with their perspectives on issues that affect the environment and development,” said Ige.

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