Sludge Upate: 2014 Bills (2/19/14)

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro

Sen. Shimabukuro recently sent the email below to Waianae Neighborhood Board Chair Johnnie-Mae Perry:

Dear Johnnie-Mae:

Mahalo for your email inquiring about the status of the sludge-related measures you asked me to support.  I am happy to report the following:

Environmental Court

SB 632 is moving through the Senate.  It establishes environmental courts as divisions within the circuit courts to hear all proceedings, including certain chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, proceedings arising from certain environmental laws. Requires the Judiciary to report to the Legislature on the total number of environmental-related cases filed in the last five years. Takes effect 1/1/2015. (SD1).  Here is a link to SB632: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=632

Funding for Environmental Justice on the Waianae Coast

As you requested, I introduced SB3011 (Environmental Justice/Waianae Valley/Appropriation).  Unfortunately, the bill was not scheduled for a hearing because it only applied to one specific area in the state. It would have been subject to questioning as to why other areas would not be entitled to such an appropriation.  Here is a link to the bill: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3011&year=2014

However, the good news is that SB 2196 increases funding for environmental disasters, like the Matson spill and the sludge dumping.  More specifically, the bill:

  • re-establishes the energy systems development special fund, which was repealed on June 30, 2013;
  • increases the amount of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund, energy security special fund, and agricultural development and food security special fund;
  • extends the repeal of various allocations of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2030. (SD1)

Here is a link to SB2196, which is moving through the Senate: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2196

Mahalo nui loa for the continued work on the sludge issue and your commitment to improving conditions on the Waianae Coast.

Aloha ,
Senator Maile Shimabukuro
District 21 (Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)
State Capitol, Room 222
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-586-7793 phone
808-586-7797 facsimile
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