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Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Planning Documents: In Libraries

This guide covers how to find EISs, EAs, and other types of planning documents for Hawai`i and the U.S. territories in the Pacific.


Collage of EIS covers

UHM Library

EIS, EAs, and other documents may be available in the UHM Library in print, CD/DVD-ROM, or microform. When copies of documents are deposited with the UHM Library for public comment, they may not be listed in the online catalog right away. Eventually, they are cataloged and can be found in OneSearch. Our collections also include EISs and EAs for sites in other states.

Suggested searches:

Keyword: environmental impact  Hawai`i [or Guam, Marshall Islands, etc.]

Keyword: name of the project or site and environmental impact [e.g., Stryker Brigade environmental impact]

Subject: Environmental impact analysis--Hawaii

Public Libraries in Hawai`i

According to Environmental Review Program guidelines, the Hawai‘i State Library and the six regional branch libraries (Kaimukī Public Library, Kaneʻohe Public Library, Pearl City Public Library, Hilo Public Library, Kahului Public Library, Līhuʻe Public Library) are to receive printed copies of EISs and other documents for public comment. The Hawai‘i State Library maintains an index of these documents. Past practice was to produce microfiche copies of the documents, so not all of the older EISs are available in print.

Environmental Review Program rules specify that the branch library(ies) closest to the project are also supposed to receive a copy of EIS/EA documents. Most of the documents are listed in the Hawai`i State Public Library System's online catalog, but not all are.

(Information provided by Hawai‘i & Pacific Section, Hawai‘i State Library)

Northwestern University Transportation Library

Northwestern University's Transportation Library holds "nearly all of the EIS's issued by federal agencies since 1969." The UHM Library can request items from Northwestern via interlibrary loan.

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