Scoping Report and Materials are available on the Documents page.
What can I do to participate in the process?
People are encouraged to participate by attending a public meeting, submitting a comment card at a meeting, or sending written comments by mail or via the project website during the public scoping and Draft EIS review periods. Scoping meetings occurred in spring 2011. After the Draft EIS is released for public review, people can participate by attending a public hearing and submitting comments on the Draft EIS.
What is public scoping?
Scoping is an early and open process for determining the scope of issues/topics to be addressed in the EIS and for identifying alternatives ways to fulfill the project purpose and need. Scoping serves to include agencies, stakeholders, and interested public in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Scoping is now complete for this project.
Public scoping is initiated by publication of the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS. The Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2011, and public scoping for the Foothills West Transportation EIS Project was held from May 20 through July 26 2011. As part of scoping, meetings were held in Anaktuvuk Pass, Anchorage, Barrow, Fairbanks, and Nuiqsut. In addition, two teleconference calls were held with Anaktuvuk Pass. The public was encouraged to submit scoping comments during these meetings, by mail or facsimile (fax), or through this website. Nearly 1,700 scoping comments were received from agencies and the public. The Army Corps of Engineers has reviewed the comments and is preparing a scoping report that describes the scoping process and issues brought up during scoping. This report will be used by the team writing the EIS to ensure that issues raised by the public and other stakeholders are addressed in the document from the very beginning. This report, materials presented at the scoping meetings, and individual scoping letters will be included on the website in the near future.
When will the Draft EIS be available for comment?
During the public review and comment period on the Draft EIS, public meetings will be held to solicit comments from the public. These public meetings are conducted in a formal style. These meetings will include an open-house meeting, and a formal presentation about the proposed alternatives and how the applicant’s preferred alternative was selected. Members of the public will also be encouraged to provide written comments on the Draft EIS. At this time, we anticipate that Draft EIS meetings will be held in the same communities as the scoping meetings during fall 2013.
How will my comments be used?
Comments received during public scoping help guide what issues are addressed in the Draft EIS. Comments received on the Draft EIS, once it is released, will help guide in the development of the Final EIS. The Final EIS will support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Record of Decision on permitting of the proposed road project.
How do I comment?
The public scoping period is closed, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will consider comments received throughout EIS development. Comments may be submitted in writing to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2175 University Avenue, Suite 201 (E)
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4927
What is the project schedule for the EIS?
These are projected dates for completion of major EIS milestones:
- May 20, 2011 – Notice of Intent published
- May 20 – July 26, 2011 – Public scoping period
- June 8 – June 16, 2011 – Public scoping meetings
- Winter 2012 – Scoping report published
- Spring 2014 – Draft EIS Published
- Summer 2014 – Public Comment on Draft EIS and ANILCA §810 Hearings
- Spring 2015 – Final EIS Published
- Fall 2015 – Record of Decision Published
What are the next steps?
- Prepare and release the scoping report.
- Prepare a newsletter on EIS-related activities
- Identify alternatives for the Draft EIS and select a reasonable range of alternatives that meets the project purpose and need.
- Describe the environment affected by the proposed project.
- Evaluate environmental consequences for the proposed action and alternative actions.
- Prepare the Draft EIS for release to the public.
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