Without so much as a news release, the Hawai`i Department of Health has shuttered its Environmental Planning Office. Effective May 2, the office – which was instrumental in coordinating the Department of Health’s strategic plans, reviewing land use and environmental disclosure documents for compliance with health requirements, and reporting annually on the state’s progress toward its environmental health goals – shut down.
According to DOH spokesperson Janice Okubo, cuts in the federal budget made it impossible to continue funding the office.
“The DOH Environmental Planning Office was funded by seven different grants from the U.S. Environmental . . .
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