by Cory Harden
Please call for scoping hearings–none are planned—for the proposed Army Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) that may come to Kawaihae.
Please also raise concerns abut vessel strikes, fuel spills and live-fire harming marine animals; invasive species being spread; security zones affecting commerce, fishing and recreation; ports not being specified; and cumulative impacts of numerous military projects in Hawai`i.
FROM THE HAWAI`I ENVIRONMENTAL NOTICE: 1) “The JHSV is a high-speed, shallow-draft vessel…[it can carry] a 31-member crew and…up to 350 additional soldiers. The vessel can reach speeds of 35-45 knots and has an equipment carrying capacity of approximately 700 short tons.” 2) “The JHSV will require fueling-at-sea training; aviation training (helicopter); live-fire training; and high-speed, open-water-craft training.” 3) “The JHSV includes a weapons mount for crew-served weapons, a flight deck for helicopter operations, and an off-load ramp that allows vehicles to drive off the ship quickly.” 4) “Not all of the proposed ports will receive JHSVs; and other viable locations raised during public scoping may be considered as stationing sites.”
Call your Congress people toll free at 1-877-762-8762: Senators Akaka and Inouye; Representatives Abercrombie and Hirono.
Contact the Army at: Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command
5179 Hoadley Rd.
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5401
Phone: Fax: (410) 436-1693
e-mail: APGR-USAECNEPA@ conus.army.mil