"We were very happy," said Irene Bowie, executive director of Maui Tomorrow, one of the three community organizations that opposed allowing the Superferry to run before all environmental risks are assessed.
was hopeful that the Supreme Court would invalidate the exemption law, which should result in reinstating the injunction until an environmental impact statement is accepted.
A draft EIS on the harbor improvements to accommodate the ferry operations is expected to be released by the end of October.
But it will be subject to comment, and a final EIS still could be subject to legal challenges.
One of the factors will be that the Superferry
has been operating, which will provide data on issues such as whether passengers are transporting prohibited products and substances.
said a task force required by the exemption law has been conducting risk assessments that she
said "show a lot of weaknesses in the inspection system."
"It validates our position that this is what should have been done right first all along," she
Until the Supreme Court takes up the appeal, the Superferry
will also continue to operate, Bowie
noted, which will provide more information on the safety of the vessel.