What does the Turtle Bay decision mean?

·By Michael Levine

I’ve been looking into the impact of the Hawaii Supreme Court‘s Turtle Bay decision. The court essentially ruled that just because an Environmental Impact Statement has been approved, that doesn’t mean the approval lasts forever. The Turtle Bay EIS was 25 years old, and conditions in the surrounding environment had changed enough, the court said, that it needed to be redone, even though the project’s plans haven’t changed.

I figured it would be easy to find out how many such statements have been completed over the past 30 years, and how