Request that Governor Ige determine the need for a Supplemental EIS for TMT Project
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Please join us in urging the State of Hawaii Governor David Ige to assess the need for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ("SEIS") for the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope ("TMT") Project.
Environmental Impact Statements ("EIS") must assess a particular project at a given location based on an explicit time-frame. The proposed TMT Project Final Environmental Impact Statement ("2009 FEIS") explicitly described the phasing and timing of the action, stating that "construction will begin in 2011 and take approximately seven years to complete."
Due to this significant change in timing, the proposed TMT Project is an essentially different action such that the 2009 FEIS may no longer be valid under the Hawai‘i Environmental Policy Act (HEPA). The TMT Project's proposing agency selected its own time-frame; and the 2009 FEIS's scope was limited accordingly.
We hereby request that the State of Hawaii Governor David Ige fulfill his mandated duty and assess the need for an SEIS for the proposed TMT project.
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