Rep. Neil Abercrombie issued the following comments on the Army's final Environmental Impact Statement for Makua Valley on the island of Oahu:
"I am deeply concerned about the Army's Final Environmental Impact Statement regarding the continued use of the Makua Military Reservation. This land contains Native Hawaiian sacred sites, as well as endangered plants and species. While the Army's work to address these issues has been admirable, they are still planning to conduct live fire military exercises.
"Makua as a training site was acquired in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack in WWII and never intended to be permanent. Alternatives which match the training needs of a 21st Century Army are available. The return of Makua would be an expression of good will and faith by the Army. Its constrained use is not a matter of military necessity, but of legal convenience.
"I've communicated my views to the Army, and I trust that public comments about the Environmental Impact Statement will be given serious consideration before the final Record of Decision is released."