HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SURPLUS MILITARY LAND.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The
legislature finds that many properties in the State are under federal ownership
or control and are being, or have been, used as military facilities. This use has resulted in contamination to the water
and soil on and adjacent to many of these properties, or created hazards, such as
from the presence of unexploded ordnance.
The upcoming expiration of land leases between
the State and the United States federal government and the return to the State of
ceded lands requires a proactive approach by the State.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to gather
data on federally leased and controlled lands, the condition of these lands, and
potential alternative uses of these lands should they be returned to the State.
SECTION 2. The office of planning shall submit a report to the legislature, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2022, containing the following:
(1) An inventory report to be prepared by the department of land and natural resources on all lands within the State that are leased from the federal government or under federal government control, including information pertaining to lease expiration dates, plans to close any military facilities on those lands, and other relevant information;
(2) A report from the department of health, in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency, that identifies any known contaminants or environmental hazards discovered on the lands identified pursuant to paragraph (1) or associated with past environmental studies performed in connection with those lands;
(3) Input from all executive branch departments and agencies on proposed alternative uses for the lands identified pursuant to paragraph (1) that would be consistent with their mission should the land be returned to the State; and
(4) Its findings and recommendations based on the information gathered pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (3), including any proposed legislation.
SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 3050.
Surplus Military Land; DLNR; DOH; EPA; Office of Planning
office of planning to submit a report to the legislature containing: (1) an inventory of lands within the State that
are leased or controlled by the federal government; (2) any known contaminants
or environmental hazards associated with the inventoried lands based on past environmental
studies; (3) input from executive
branch departments and agencies on proposed alternative uses for the lands that
would be consistent with their mission should the lands be returned to the State;
and (4) its findings and recommendations, including proposed legislation, based
on this information. Effective 7/1/3050.
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