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March 01, 2017

Implications to Local Milk Supply

Hawaii Dairy Farms is disappointed to share that the Department of Health has made a determination to require submission of a second Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). We respect the agency’s determination, but we believe that the Department of Health’s decision, coupled with the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s more rigorous guidance on responses to comments, has far reaching consequences to all future development projects that require an EIS. We are currently evaluating the impact of this determination on the project’s timeline. 

Recent news about the safety and quality of the state’s milk supply have further increased the urgency and importance of bringing fresh local milk to Hawaii’s families. We find it unfortunate that this prolonged process to complete the EIS will further extend our timeline to meet that goal.  

We remain committed to continuing our work with regulators and the community to bring the state’s first pasture-based dairy to fruition. Our hope is that Hawaii Dairy Farms has the opportunity to provide fresh, local milk for our island families in a more sustainable manner, and can help our state meet its food production goals.

We continue to be grateful for the support, both public and private, that we've received throughout the journey. We will keep you apprised as we continue to work through this process.

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