EIS Public Scoping Open Houses to be Held for Basing of MV-22 and H-1 Aircraft in Hawaii

Media Release:

The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the basing and operation of MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and H-1 Cobra and Huey helicopters in support of III Marine Expeditionary Force units stationed in Hawaii.

Because the squadrons would train on land owned or controlled by the Department of the Army, the Navy has requested the Army be a cooperating agency for preparation of this EIS.

The EIS will evaluate a proposal to introduce up to two Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) squadrons with a total of 24 MV-22 aircraft, and one Marine Light Attack Helicopter (HMLA) squadron composed of 18 AH-1Z and nine UH-1Y helicopters to Hawaii, as well as to construct improvements to accommodate the new aviation squadrons, improve training facilities in Hawaii used by the Marine Corps, and to use Department of Defense training areas state wide.

The Marine Corps requests the public’s input to identify community concerns and issues to address in the EIS. The public is invited to participate by attending public scoping open house meetings at the following locations:

Hawaii Island: August 24, 5 to 8 p.m., Hilo High School cafeteria, 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo; and August 25, 4 to 7 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School cafeteria, 68-1730 Hooko St, Waikoloa.
Oahu: August 26, 5 to 8 p.m., King Intermediate School cafeteria, 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe; and August 30, 5 to 8 p.m., Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School cafeteria, 41-1330 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo.
Molokai: August 28, 1 to 4 p.m., Kaunakakai Elementary School Library, Ailoa Street, Kaunakakai.

Public comments can also be provided using the project website at http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil/mv22h1eis.  Additionally, written comments on the EIS can also be addressed to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attn: EV21, MV-22/H-1 EIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by September 7, 2010.

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