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What is scoping?
The scoping process begins once a federal lead agency has decided to prepare an EIS and the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS is published in the Federal Register. Scoping is the process of actively acquiring input from the public and other interested federal, state, tribal, and local agencies. Information gained during scoping assist the lead agency in identifying potential environmental issues, alternatives, and mitigation measures associated with development of the proposed project. The process provides a mechanism for narrowing the scope of issues, so that the EIS can focus the analysis on areas of high interest and concern. Therefore, public participation in the scoping process is a vital component to preparing a sound NEPA document. The scoping process provides the public and agencies opportunities for meaningful involvement in the decision-making process.

Scoping graphicHow can I be involved in the EIS process?
Public participation is a vital component to preparing a sound NEPA document. To become involved, attend the scoping meetings scheduled for your area to learn more about the project. The meetings will provide the opportunity to ask questions, express any concerns, and submit your comments. Written comments will also be accepted during the 30-day scoping period, which ends on February 10, 2010. At the meeting, be sure to sign in and request to have your contact information placed on the project mailing list. This will ensure that you are kept up-to-date on project activities and will receive notices about future ways to provide input.

You are encouraged to participate and provide comments during the public review period of the Draft EIS. If you are on the mailing list, you will be notified when the Draft EIS is completed and available for review.


  Comment Card
 
  Intrepid's Project Description
 
  Scoping Summary Report
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