September 15, 2020
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – The United States Navy (Navy) published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental effects associated with the construction and operation of a submarine dry dock replacement and waterfront production facility (Proposed Action) at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) on Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii. The PHNSY & IMF is situated on the eastern shore of Pearl Harbor on the south side of the island of Oahu. The proposed project would provide required capability for depot-level maintenance on current and future classes of fast-attack submarines, as part of the Navy's fleet maintenance mission.
The Navy is initiating a 35-day public scoping process, which begins on September 15, 2020 and extends through October 19, 2020. The purpose of this public scoping process is to identify community interests and to receive comments on the scope of the EIS and the Proposed Action’s potential to affect historic properties pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Public involvement and input are fundamental to developing the Navy’s EIS under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Navy is providing two web-based platforms for the public to learn about the Proposed Action and provide comments. All scoping comments are due by 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on October 19, 2020.
The two web-based platforms include the following:
1. A virtual Open House. The virtual Open House will be available at www.PearlHarborDryDockEISOpenHouse.org from 12:00 AM (HST) on September 15, 2020, to 11:59 PM (HST) on October 19, 2020. The virtual Open House will present an overview of the Proposed Action, preliminary alternatives, the NEPA process, and the Section 106 process. The public can use this website to electronically submit comments on the scope of the EIS and identify specific environmental concerns or topics for consideration in the document.
2. A virtual Public Scoping Meeting. The virtual Public Scoping Meeting will be held on September 29, 2020, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM (HST) as an additional means to learn about the Proposed Action. The Navy will provide a live virtual presentation and question and answer session on the overall project, followed by resource-specific breakout sessions from 6:00-7:00 PM (HST). Information concerning the virtual Public Scoping Meeting and resource-specific breakout sessions time and web location is available on the EIS website at: www.PearlHarborDryDockEIS.org.