Army seeks input at public meetings

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
News Release

USAG-HI

USAG-HI

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii announced the availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or DPEIS, for modernizing of training infrastructure, construction and operation of an Infantry Platoon Battle Area, or IPBA, here, recently.

The Army seeks public input to identify community concerns and issues as part of the PEIS process, which is being conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, of 1969.

The proposed action involves upgrading existing ranges to current standards, constructing new ranges, updating and constructing new Soldier support facilities in the cantonment area, and improving and constructing roads and utilities, here.

The action would improve the current shortfall in collective, group live-fire training capabilities for units stationed in Hawaii.

For the first modernization project, the DPEIS specifically is evaluating constructing and operating an IPBA that would include an Infantry Platoon Battle Course, a live-fire shoot house and an Military Operations on Urban Terrain facility.

The Army is considering three locations within the PTA impact area to construct the IPBA.

There is no proposed expansion or planned use above historic levels.

The DPEIS also considers the “No Action” alternative of not modernizing existing training ranges, training support infrastructure and facilities, here, which would be a continuation of the present course of action. Under the No Action alternative, the Army would continue to use current training lands and facilities, here, as efficiently as possible.

The public is invited to attend public meetings and encouraged to provide written or oral comments on environmental issues addressed in the DPEIS.

At the meetings, there will be table-top poster displays and subject matter experts available to answer questions during the open-house session, and an open-microphone session for oral comments. Court recorders will be available for those who choose to have their comments recorded.

All written comments must be postmarked or received during the 45-day comment period. Written comments must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2011, and mailed to PTA PEIS, P.O. Box 514, Honolulu, HI 96809. Comments may also be submitted through fax at 545-6808 or emailed to PTAEIS@bah.com.

DPEIS Public Meetings

•Nov. 8

Aunty Sally’s Kaleohano’s Luau Hale, 799 Piilani St., Hilo

6:30-7:30 p.m. open house

7:30-9:30 p.m. open microphone

•Nov. 9

Waimea Elementary School, 67-1225 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela

6:30-7:30 p.m. open house

7:30-9:30 p.m. open microphone

 

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