September 14th, 2011

Just days after taking over as interim director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, William Aila, Jr., was asked to approve a staff recommendation to give him expanded authority to grant right-of-entry permits so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could access land and remove unexploded ordnance.

Staff and the state Office of Environmental Quality Control also determined that the Army Corps of Engineers would not need to do environmental reviews in cases where engineers discovered and were faced with emergency action to detonate unstable munitions.

The item was on the land board’s Dec. 9 agenda. Laura H. Thielen, the former department director, had signed off on the recommendation and said Wednesday that she would have urged the board to adopt it if she was still in charge.

Aila, however, said he deferred the matter after the state Attorney General’s office raised concerns about the potential exemptions to the state’s environmental review law.

In June, Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued an emergency proclamation suspending nearly two dozen state land use and environmental regulations for five years to help the Army Corps with munitions cleanup, a far more expansive move than what DLNR staff had urged in December.

Read the DLNR staff submittal here:

3 Responses to “Recommended”

  1. Guido Sarducci:

    Lets send the environmentalists to check out the unexploded munitions.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Nah, better to send anonymous pesons masquerading as SNL characters; that way, no will know — or care — if they get blown up. Or, better yet, the Governor should go so that he can’t write any more blank checks like this one.

    BTW, notwithsatnding the text of the link above, it actually takes you to a webmail account. It works, however, if you copy and paste it into a new browser window,

  3. wazzupdoc:

    another bean counter with an IQ to match their shoe size.

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