The HRS are housed at the Hawai‘i State Legislature website.
HRS 128D Hawai‘i Environmental Response Law (HERL) — Effective in 1990, this statute establishes authority for the HEER Office to respond to releases of hazardous substances. It is fashioned after the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as the Federal Superfund Law.
HRS 128E Hawai‘i Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (HEPCRA) — This statute establishes planning, reporting, emergency notification, and public information access requirements related to hazardous chemicals. HEPCRA is modeled after the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The act also created the Hawai‘i State Emergency Response Commission (HSERC), established within the HDOH, as well as Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) located in each county of Hawai‘i to implement emergency response planning and related actions. Visit the Right-to-Know section of this website for more information.
HRS 508C Uniform Environmental Covenants Act — Enacted in July 2006, this statue provides a regulatory mechanism for recording “institutional controls” on the official land records of a contaminated property. Institutional controls are used in situations where it is not feasible or necessary to remove all contamination from a property. UECA is not limited to use by the HDOH and any two parties can enter into a UECA.