Maui county illegally circumvented environmental review for led streetlights project

The Maui County Department of Public Works violated state law by failing to conduct environmental review for a streetlights project that threatens harm to Maui’s imperiled seabirds and sea turtles, the environmental court ruled yesterday. The ruling comes one year after Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund and Conservation Council for Hawaiʻi, represented by Earthjustice, brought suit to block the replacement of approximately 4,800 streetlight fixtures across the county with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures that emit a high amount of short-wavelength, blue-white light, which increases the risk of seabird fallout and sea turtle disorientation.

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