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Release No: 327-99
July 07, 1999

NAVY ISSUES RECORD OF DECISION FOR REUSE OFNAVAL AIR STATION BARBERS POINT OAHU, HAWAII

The Department of the Navy has issued the Record of Decision (RoD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Air Station Barbers Point, which is located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The base was designated for closure in the 1993 round of Defense Base Closures and Realignments and closed on July 2.

On behalf of Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy William J. Cassidy Jr. presented the environmental document to Gov. Benjamin Cayetano at a ceremony on July 2 in the governor's office in Honolulu.

The RoD is the final step in the environmental evaluation process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NEPA requires federal agencies such as the Department of the Navy to consider the impact that major federal actions, such as the disposal and reuse of Naval Air Station Barbers Point, may have on the environment.

The RoD announces the Navy's decision to dispose of property associated with Naval Air Station Barbers Point in a manner that is consistent with the reuse plan prepared by the state of Hawaii and is in keeping with the Defense Department's community-based reuse objectives. The Navy concluded that the state of Hawaii's proposed redevelopment of the naval air station property responds to local economic conditions, promotes rapid economic recovery from the impact of the air station's closure, and is consistent with President Clinton's five-part plan for revitalizing base closure communities. The president's plan emphasizes job creation and local economic redevelopment of the closed facility.

The RoD is an environmental document and does not convey the naval air station property. Conveyance, or transfer of title, of the property is a separate matter that will be undertaken during later discussions between the Navy and the state of Hawaii.

The RoD reflects the highly successful coordinated efforts of the Navy and the state of Hawaii. It is a significant step in the base conversion process which allows the local community to begin long-term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to economic prosperity at base closure sites.

Point of contact is Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Robertson at (703) 697-5342.