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Marine Corps Consultations to Be Held on Molokai Airport Use

Marine Corps Base Hawaii News Release
Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii is proposing renewed use of the Molokai Airport as a re-fueling location for MV-22 “Osprey” and H-1 “Huey” and “Cobra” helicopters, as well as increased use of Kalaupapa Airport by the H-1 helicopters. On Tuesday March 27, at Mitchell Pauole Center conference room from 5 to 7 p.m., the Marine Corps is holding National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 consultations to discuss issues and concerns related to potential effects on historic properties in the vicinity of these airports.

MCB Hawaii initiated Section 106 consultations in November 2010, and expanded consultations in December, 2011, to include discussions of other locations in Hawaii outside Oahu. Previous consultations have been conducted by telephone and on location on the islands of Hawaii, Molokai (Kalaupapa), and Oahu in December 2011. The NHPA Sec 106 consultation process is included in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) review process which began in 2010, and has included a public scoping meeting on Molokai in August 2010, and a public comment period in November and December 2011.

Anyone who would like to participate in the Sec 106 consultations as a consulting party, who have not already done so, can contact June Cleghorn, MCB Hawaii Cultural Resources Manager, at (808) 257-7126. For additional information about the Osprey/H-1 Environmental Impact Statement or about Marine Corps Base Hawaii, contact the MCB Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8840.