Hawaii Streetlights Threaten Endangered Animals

The Department of Justice is gathering evidence to file criminal charges against the state.

Street lights may be causing more of a problem than high electricity bills in Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Justice is threatening legal action against the state claiming that these street lights are killing endangered birds, moths, and turtles. Hawaii is fighting the multi-year probe.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation was notified by the DOJ in December that the lights may be harmful to endangered creatures, and now the state’s attorney general has approved up to $150,000 worth of additional legal counsel that may be needed to fight these claims.

The state has been offered a plea agreement for these criminal charges.

In 2007, Hawaii DOT began using full cutoff lens fixtures on street lights to reduce light pollution. However, birds can become disoriented when in the air and looking at the lights, sometimes causing them to fly into things or fall to their deaths. About 1,800 of the state’s 11,000 street lights have these fixtures, which could be a costly endeavor for the state to repair.

While no charges have been filed yet, the DOJ is conducting the investigation state-wide, with a focus on Oahu.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together a resource that’s easy to digest so you can get answers to your training questions and ensure you're complying with OSHA's standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus