Environmental Review Process
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is intended to assist the Board and the public in identifying and assessing the potential environmental consequences of a proposed action before a decision on the proposed action is made. OEA is responsible for ensuring that the Board complies with NEPA and related environmental statutes. The first stage of the EIS process is scoping. Scoping is an open process for determining the range of actions, alternatives and the potential scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS. As part of the scoping process, OEA developed, and made available for public comment in its September 30, 2016, Notice of Intent, a Draft Scope of Study for the EIS. Additionally, OEA is consulting with federal, state, and local agencies and conducted a scoping meeting in the project area to provide further opportunities for public involvement and input during the scoping process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is participating as a cooperating agency for the EIS. Throughout the development of the EIS, OEA will coordinate with EPA as the CERCLA or Superfund process progresses for the project site.
For more information on the public scoping meeting see the Public Involvement page.
After issuing the Final Scope of Study, OEA will prepare a Draft EIS for the project. The Draft EIS will address the environmental issues and concerns identified during the scoping process and assess all reasonable and feasible alternatives, including the no-action alternative. The Draft EIS will also contain OEA's preliminary recommendations for environmental mitigation measures. Upon completion, the Draft EIS will be made available for review and comment by the public, government agencies, and other interested parties. OEA will prepare a Final EIS that considers and responds to comments on the Draft EIS. In reaching its decision in this case, the Board will consider the Draft EIS, the Final EIS, all environmental comments received, and OEA's final recommendations regarding environmental mitigation measures.