The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001024442-01
Public Notices

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STATE OF HAWAII Community Noise Control Variance Application No. V-994 (Docket No. 17-NR-VN-43) Pursuant to Chapter 342F-5, subsection (h), Hawaii Revised Statutes, the Department seeks written comments from interested persons regarding the following variance application: Hawaiki Submarine Cable, USA LLC, c/o Steve Brock, 99-671 Halawa Heights Road, Aiea, Hawaii, 96701, has applied to the Department of Health for a variance from Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 11-46, Section 11-46-6(a), which states, "General Prohibition. Without a permit or variance issued pursuant to section 11-46-7 or 11-46-8, no person within the State shall operate, from any premises or land owned, rented, leased, occupied, or controlled by that person, any excessive noise source." The applicant proposes to install a subsea fiber optic cable and associated telecommunications infrastructure at 92-384 Farrington Highway near the Waimanalo Gulch and Kahe Power plant. The applicant is requesting that horizontal directional drilling (HDD) activities be extended to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, solely as a contingency in the event that longer hours are needed to address potential unanticipated stability issues associated with the hole being drilled. The HDD portion of the project is anticipated to start in early October and end in early December. Chapter 11-46 will not allow a noise permit to be issued during the requested hours; thus, a variance is being requested from the noise limits for approximately two months. The Department of Health will retain and consider all written comments received no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this notice. If the comments received warrant it, the Department may hold a public hearing, after at least thirty (30) days public notice, on the variance application. The final decision will be made on the basis of the application, related documents, written comments and the public hearing, if any. Written comments and requests for information or inspection of the variance application and related documents should be directed to: Indoor and Radiological Health Branch, 99-945 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701, telephone 586-4700. (SA1024442 8/29/17)