Pohakuloa EIS info on the lease of State lands

Shut Down Pohakuloa.  Make the military thoroughly clean up its mess and return the entire 133,000-acres (not simply the 23,000-acres leased) to the Hawaiian people.

Pohakuloa EIS info on the lease of State lands

The 133,000-acre Military Toxic Area (PTA) is located in the center of Hawaii Island at an elevation of 6500 feet.  It’s an area that has been bombed and abused by all branches of the US military for more than 70 years. Millions of live rounds are fired annually at PTA.  A wide range of toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation, have been spread throughout the land.  All of us on the Big Island, residents, and visitors alike, people, plants, and animals, are downhill and downwind from PTA. 

Of the 133,000-acres at PTA, the military wants to renew a State lease of 23,000 acres.  The bulk of the land at PTA, more than 84,000-acres was simply seized by a presidential executive order.  I say NO to the lease renewal.  I say yes to require a comprehensive independent assessment of the toxic military mess at PTA, guaranteed federal funds to do a thorough clean-up, and the shutdown and return of the entire 133,000-acres to the Hawaiian people.  Enough is enough!  Bombing the aina is the ultimate desecration. I urge others to express their thoughts publicly, and to the military Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org

Army info on Pohakuloa EIS below

The public is encouraged to review and provide comments on the Draft EIS during the 60-day public comment period April 8 through June 7, 2022. The Draft EIS is available for public review from the project website at: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/PTAEIS and at four state libraries: Hawai‘i State Library; Hilo Public Library; Kailua-Kona Public Library; Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library.

Two in-person public meetings are currently scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in two locations:

  • April 25 at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center (600 ʻImiloa Place, Hilo, HI, 96720)
  • April 26 at Waimea District Park (Ala Ohia Road, Waimea, HI, 96743)

There are five (5) ways to submit comments on the Draft EIS:

1)  ONLINE:  https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/ptaeis/project-home  (CLICK “Submit a Comment” Block)

2)  E-MAIL:  ATLR-PTA-EIS@g70.design

3)  PHONE: (808) 470-8884 (April 25-26, 2022 only during the public meetings)

4)  U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: ATLR PTA EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI 96801-3444

5)  IN-PERSON: April 25 and 26, 6-8 p.m. in Hilo (Imiloa Astronomy Center) and (Waimea District Park) respectively

PTA EIS project website: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/OahuEIS



Link to all documents for the Draft EIS for PTA can be found here: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/ptaeis/documents

Link to Draft EIS Volume I: https://files.hawaii.gov/dbedt/erp/Doc_Library/2022-04-08-HA-DEIS-Army-Training-Land-Retention-at-Pohakuloa-Training-Area-Vol-I.pdf

Link to Draft EIS Volume II: https://files.hawaii.gov/dbedt/erp/Doc_Library/2022-04-08-HA-DEIS-Army-Training-Land-Retention-at-Pohakuloa-Training-Area-Vol-II.pdf

Link to Q&A: https://home.army.mil/hawaii/application/files/1316/4937/6974/PTA_DEIS_QA__3AA4.pdf

If you have any questions, please call Army # 808-656-3160 or usarmy.hawaii.comrel@mail.mil.