STAND. COM. REP. NO.710-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2177

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 2177, S.D. 1, entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RESEARCH AND BIOREMEDIATION OF MATERIAL DREDGED FROM STATEWIDE WATERWAYS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this bill is to:

(1) Appropriate general funds to conduct research and tests on material dredged from the Ala Wai canal and other waterways statewide; and

(2) Authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriate funds for the design and construction of a pilot bioremediation facility.

The University of Hawaii, Pacific Action Alliance, Na Hoaloha o ka Loi Kalo, Ka Lahui Hawaii, Hawaii Water Environment Association, and several individuals submitted testimony in support of this bill. The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism and an individual submitted testimony in support of the intent of this bill. The Department of Land and Natural Resources submitted testimony in opposition to this bill.

Your Committee finds that this bill will fund critical research and the construction of a bioremediation facility to ensure that Hawaii's waterways are cleaner and safer. The Ala Wai canal and other waterways in Hawaii become the depository for many of the harmful and toxic substances that are used throughout the State. The buildup of these various urban and agricultural byproducts represents a clear hazard to residents and visitors, and this bill takes important steps to alleviate the problems with our waterways.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2177, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection,

 

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HERMINA M. MORITA, Chair