State vog committee meets today

A state House special committee on vog effects will hold its first of a series of fact-finding meetings to examine the effects of vog from the eruption of Halemaumau, at 9 a.m. today at the state Capitol.

This first briefing will focus on the public’s health and safety. Future meetings will address agriculture, water quality, pets and animals, wildlife and other areas, a state news release states.

After an opening statement from state Rep. Robert Herkes, committee chair, Jim Kauahikaua, the scientist in charge at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will start the presentations.

There are eight state representatives on the committee, none from Kaua‘i. Joining the lawmakers to answer questions will be agency officials from county, state and federal offices along with university representatives.

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