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League Lobbies Legislators
Violence Prevention Meeting (Annelle Amaral)
Urban Rail Won't Dent Our Traffic Congestion (Wendell Cox)
Riding a Dead Horse
Orientation Meeting (Grace Furukawa)
HECO (Ruth Brantley)
President's Message (Grace Furukawa)


Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) tiled the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Kamoku-Pukele 138-kV electric transmission line. HECO's choice is to construct the line between the Kamoku Substation (on Date Street in the Mo'ili'ili area) and the Pukele Substation (in the mauka portion of Palolo Valley).

Much opposition was articulated during public hearings and receipt of hundreds of comment letters and 3,000 comment postcards. Strong opposition focused on degradation of views and the environment, visitor dissatisfaction, electromagnetic fields with their unknown effect on human health, lack of need for more power now and in the future, and ignoring of alternatives. The FEIS failed to address any of the concerns.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DNLR) has until January 30 to accept or reject the FEIS. The legal challenge period ends on March 1, 1999. Governor Cayetano has said, "there's got to be a better way" and has received hundreds of letters and postcards asking him to appoint an independent review panel. We'll keep you posted.

Ruth Brantley
Chair Environment Committee

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