Meeting set on dairy’s draft EIS

KOLOA — Friends of Mahaulepu is hosting a meeting at the Koloa Neighborhood Center from 4-9 p.m. July 14 to discuss the draft environmental impact statement recently released by Hawaii Dairy Farms.

Kauai County approved HDF’s $7 million building permit in November 2014, without triggering the requirement for an EIS. Hawaii Dairy Farms decided to go through the EIS process to ease any community fears about the dairy, said HDF spokeswoman Amy Hennessey.

Bridget Hammerquist, president of Friends of Mahaulepu, maintains that the draft EIS isn’t up to par in many ways and the organization is holding the meeting to allow community members to discuss their concerns.

The more than 2,600-page draft EIS is available in hard copy form at public libraries on Kauai, and is available at hawaiidairyfarms.com. The comment period ends July 25.

All comments must be submitted in writing to HDF@Group70int.com, or mailed either to Group 70 International or DOH to be included in the formal review process.

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The Garden Island

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