Status of Permit Applications: Keep the North Shore Country addressed the endangered bat aspects of the project in a contested case at the DLNR, with hearings held August 7 and 8, 2017. On November 1, 2017, the DLNR’s contested case hearing officer Yvonne Y. Izu, Esq. recommended the Board of Land and Natural Resources deny the Na Pua Makani Wind Farm’s application for an incidental take license Hearing Officer Recommends Board Deny License. Without fixing the fatal flaws such as rejecting the wind farm’s proposed habitat mitigation and requiring the wind farm to shut down to avoid bat take, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the wind farm’s permit on May 15, 2018. Keep the North Shore Country is appealing this decision (so now the State’s attorney gets to defend the State in a decision they’d recommended against).
The State Health Department has not issued a night-time noise variance for the project. The City and County of Honolulu has not issued a permit for wind turbine construction and we hope the State Health Department and EPA will step in to ensure the wind farm is required to move to a location where it will not have serious social and economic justice implications (or at least require the effects to be disclosed prior to decisions).
Please Help Prevent the Na Pua Makani Wind Farm: Please support Keep the North Shore Country’s State litigation. Please donate to Keep the North Shore Country. Tax deductible donations can be made online at https://www.keepthenorthshorecountry.org/donate; personal checks can be mailed to:
Keep the North Shore Country
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Suite D103
Haleiwa, HI 96712