(BIVN) – Despite objections from a handful of testifiers, the Windward Planning Commission went forward on Thursday with the adoption of a proposed “Second Supplemental Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order of the Commission” in the matter of Hu Honua.
The order, which was supported after a lengthy debate at the last commission meeting, reflects that Hu Honua’s Outfall 001 “will not be replaced or repaired, and therefore will not affect the public shoreline.”
According to the Windward Planning Commission agenda:
The Proposed Second Supplemental Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision and Order of the Commission are being considered in response to the Intermediate Court of Appeal’s Order of Partial Remand filed January 22, 2018 of the Final Judgment of the Third Circuit Court’s Order filed on March 10, 2014, to the County of Hawaii Windward Planning Commission, for the narrow purpose of the Windward Planning Commission to address the impacts on the public shoreline with regard to repairing or replacing Outfall 001. Special Management Area Use Permit No. 221 was originally approved to allow the establishment of a coal storage area and a coal burning energy plant and related improvements. The permit was amended in 2011 to allow a change in fuel source from coal to biomass, to upgrade the existing facility and to construct support facilities and infrastructure at the former Pepe`ekeo Power Plant, Makahanaloa, South Hilo, Hawaii.