THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            53
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES ARMY TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL
    IMPACT STATEMENT FOR MILITARY TRAINING AND RELATED
    ACTIVITIES AT THE MAKUA MILITARY RESERVATION ON OAHU. 



 1        WHEREAS, the United States military has utilized Makua Valley
 2   for military maneuvers since 1929; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, since World War II, the United States Army has gained
 5   control of approximately 4,200 acres -- including over 3,000 acres
 6   of ceded land -- at the Makua Military Reservation on Oahu, by
 7   presidential executive order, transfer, condemnation, state lease,
 8   easement, and permit; and
 9   
10        WHEREAS, the Army and other branches of the United States
11   military conduct live-fire training and related activities at the
12   Makua Military Reservation, which have increased in the last 25
13   years; and
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15        WHEREAS, the Makua Military Reservation provides habitat to
16   some of Hawaii's most imperiled plants and animals, including at
17   least 30 endangered plant species, the endangered Hawaiian monk
18   seal, endangered Oahu creeper, endangered pueo, proposed endangered
19   Oahu elepaio, endangered Oahu tree snail, and threatened green sea
20   turtle; and
21   
22        WHEREAS, sacred Hawaiian sites and over 150 archaeological
23   features are found at the Makua Military Reservation, including
24   Ukanipo Heiau, which is on the National Register of Historic
25   Places; and
26   
27        WHEREAS, since 1990, at least 270 fires have been caused by
28   military training and related activities at the Makua Military
29   Reservation, burning thousands of acres, native forest, endangered
30   species and their essential habitat, and cultural sites; and
31   
32        WHEREAS, live-fire training, unexploded ordnance, fires,
33   hazardous waste, traffic, and noise associated with activities at
34   the Makua Military Reservation raise serious concerns for the
35   safety and well-being of residents along the Waianae Coast of Oahu;

 
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 1   and
 2   
 3        WHEREAS, the loss of native forest, introduction of alien
 4   species, and contamination by unexploded ordnance and hazardous
 5   waste limit future land-use options at the Makua Military
 6   Reservation; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, the fundamental purpose of the National Environmental
 9   Policy Act (NEPA) is to ensure that the environmental impacts of
10   federal agency actions are scrutinized before such actions are
11   carried out and environmental damage occurs; and
12   
13        WHEREAS, NEPA requires all federal agencies to prepare
14   environmental impact statements for major federal actions
15   significantly affecting the quality of the human environment; and
16   
17        WHEREAS, NEPA requires that an environmental impact statement
18   discuss the environmental impact of the federal action, including
19   ecological, aesthetic, historic, cultural, economic, social, and
20   health effects, the justification for the action, and the
21   alternatives to the action and their impact; and
22   
23        WHEREAS, military training and related activities at the Makua
24   Military Reservation significantly affect the quality of the human
25   environment by threatening public safety and quality of life on the
26   Waianae Coast of Oahu; destroying native forest, endangered
27   species, essential habitat, and cultural sites; and limiting
28   traditional and customary Hawaiian practices and worship at Makua;
29   and
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31        WHEREAS, the Army has never prepared an environmental impact
32   statement for military training and related activities at the Makua
33   Military Reservation; now, therefore,
34   
35        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature of
36   the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
37   Representatives concurring, that the Legislature requests the
38   United States Army to prepare an environmental impact statement for
39   all of its actions at the Makua Military Reservation, including
40   military training and related activities; and
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 2   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Secretary of the United
 3   States Department of Defense, Secretary of the United States
 4   Department of the Army, Hawaii's Congressional Delegation, Garrison
 5   Commander of the United States Army Garrison, Hawaii, Commander of
 6   the 25th Infantry (Light), the Chairperson of the Board of Land and
 7   Natural Resources, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the
 8   Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Chairperson of the Honolulu City
 9   Council, and the Chairperson of the Waianae Neighborhood Board.
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