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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hawaii representatives urge governor to accept final EIS for rail project

Advertiser Staff

Here is the list of lawmakers who urged the governor to accept the final EIS for the city's rail project:

Rep. K. Mark Takai (D)

Rep. Joey Manahan (D)

Rep. Sharon Har (D)

Rep. Karl Rhoads (D)

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu (D)

Rep. Joe Souki (D)

Rep. Karen Awana (D)

Rep. Henry Aquino (D)

Rep. Faye Hanohano (D)

Rep. Gelnn Wakai (D)

Rep. Clift Tsuji (D)

Rep. Angus McKelvey (D)

Rep. Cindy Evans (D)

Rep. Tom Brower (D)

House Majority Leader Blake Oshiro (D)

Rep. Rida Cabanilla (D)

House Speaker Calvin Say (D)

Rep. Joe Bertram III (D)

Rep. Marilyn Lee (D)

Rep. Roy Takumi (D)

Rep. Pono Chong (D)

Rep. Ryan Yamane (D)

Rep. Gil Keith-Agaran (D)

Rep. Ken Ito (D)

Rep. Kymberly Pine ģ

Rep. Mark Nakashima (D)

Rep. John Mizuno (D)

Rep. Jerry Chang (D)

Rep. Hermina Morita (D)

Rep. Sylvia Luke (D)

Rep. Bob Herkes (D)

Rep. Denny Coffman (D)

Rep. James Tokioka (D)

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro (D)

Rep. Roland Sagum III (D)

Rep. Mele Carroll (D)

House Vice Speaker Michael Magaoay (D)

Rep. Kyle Yamashita (D)

Rep. Marcus Oshiro (D)

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Thirty-nine state representatives today sent a letter to Gov. Linda Lingle urging her to promptly review and accept the final environmental impact statement for the cityís rail project.

The city needís Lingleís approval before it can proceed with construction of the $5.3 billion train. The environmental study was expected to be given to Lingle in December, but has been delayed by an extended federal review.
Once itís released, the city wants Lingle's approval to come relatively fast. However, Lingle has said she'll conduct a thorough analysis to ensure that the project's financial plan is feasible and that alternatives were adequately considered.
Also today Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann held a briefing on the project at the Capitol where he stressed the importance of an expeditious review by Lingle.
The cit has yet to give the EIS document to Lingle. However, the mayor and the 39 representatives are concerned about the governorís plan to conduct a
thorough review of the project's financial plan and whether alternatives
were adequately considered.