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Draft EIS comment period now closed

The draft EIS was released on Nov. 13, 2012, for public review and comment through March 25, 2013. BPA staff will review all comments received and respond to them in the final EIS, expected in 2014.

Comments were accepted online, by email, mail, phone and fax. Comments were also submitted at drop-in sessions and public meetings held during the comment period.

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All comments received by March 25, 2013 will be posted online. You may search for comments by name, organization or keywords.

Drop-in sessions

Project staff were available at various times and places throughout the project area in December 2012 to offer help accessing information in the draft EIS. At these informal sessions, members of the public received help navigating the draft EIS and asked questions about the project, the EIS process, documentation and how to submit comments on the document. There were no formal presentations. Laptops were available to review the document, view the interactive map, and print maps for property owners.

Public meetings

BPA hosted six public meetings in January and February to accept comments on the draft environmental impact statement BPA released in November. These public meetings included two parts: an open house format, where people gathered project information from handouts and display boards and asked questions of BPA staff; and a verbal comment session, where verbal comments were submitted to the project team and included as draft EIS comments. BPA will respond to all comments in the final EIS.

Upcoming public outreach

BPA hosts public meetings if we make changes to the proposed project or have other important developments to share. Public meetings will also be posted on our calendar.

This summer, BPA will attend  fairs and festivals throughout southwest Washington. We will have general project information and staff available to answer questions. More information is on our homepage. To be notified about upcoming meetings, please sign up for our mailing list.

Request a speaker
BPA can often provide speakers for organized groups or neighborhood meetings. To request a speaker for a group meeting, please call 800-230-6593. 
For more information about public participation
Public participation is a key element of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more information on public participation in the NEPA process, please consult the following publication: NEPA: A guide to being heard during the NEPA process 
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