Comments on the environmental impact statement preparation notice are now being accepted through Nov. 22 — 30 days longer than originally planned.
The change was prompted by a complaint filed by Life of the Land, a Honolulu-based nonprofit, which pointed out that the Hawaii Revised Statute’s Chapter 353 calls for a commenting period to last 60 days when the “development or expansion” of any correctional facilities is involved.
But Scott Glenn, the director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control, wrote to Life of the Land last week, clarifying that the statute’s 60-day requirement kicks in only “when the governor chooses to negotiate with any person for the development or expansion of such a facility outside of the standard state procurement process.”
Still, the commenting period was extended after Gov. David Ige determined that applying the 60-day requirement was “in the spirit of the EIS law.”