Fw: [piko2005] Fwd: Army preparing EIS for major expansion

FYI  I encourage everyone to put comments on the record and pass the word to others.
Jim Albertini
Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
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Subject: [piko2005] Fwd: Army preparing EIS for major expansion

sorry for any repeats

David Henkin <dhenkin@earthjustice.org> wrote:
Subject: Army preparing EIS for major expansion
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 17:54:48 -0700
From: "David Henkin" <dhenkin@earthjustice.org>
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In the May 16, 2007 issue of the Federal Register (http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/07-2405.htm), the Army announced it is preparing a programmatic EIS for the expansion of the Army by 74,200 active and reserve component Soldiers. The notice states the programmatic EIS "will examine the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts at installations resulting from various combinations of new unit stationing actions." All of the options the Army intends to examine include stationing new units at existing Army installations.

The last time the Army did a programmatic EIS on a similar scale, Hawai'i was selected for stationing a Stryker brigade, with zero input from any Hawai'i residents. Let's try to keep history from repeating itself. Be sure to submit comments during the scoping period, which runs until June 15, 2007. Let the Army know that Hawai'i already has far too many Army units stationed here and cannot support any more without further irreparable harm to our host culture, endangered species and local population. The notice says that "[v]iable alternative stationing locations considered in this analysis for the growth of the Army are those installations that are best able to meet Army unit requirements for training ranges and maneuver space, housing and office space, maintenance and vehicle parking, and Soldier and Family quality of life (e.g., schools, gyms, medical facilities, reducing family disruption)." The Army has long said it has inadequate facilities for the soldiers already stationed here, so, based on the Army's own criteria, Hawai'i should be stricken from the list for expansion.

In your comments, make sure to ask to be included on the list of people to receive copies of the draft programmatic EIS when it comes out (this should be automatic, but given the Army's track record on public involvement...) and request that, if the Army does consider stationing additional soldiers in Hawai'i, it hold public hearings here to give the people a chance to make their views known.

Comments should be sent to: Mr. Robert E. DiMichele, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Army Environmental Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010; phone (410) 436-2556.

Aloha, David

David L. Henkin
223 South King St., Suite 400
Honolulu, Hawai'i  96813
Tel.: (808) 599-2436, ext. 14
Fax: (808) 521-6841

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