Careful Review and Comment on the Draft EIS

Roundtable discussionsEnvironmental Impact Statements (EISs) are very long and often technical documents. It is important that your local government have staff with the expertise to review the entire document and outline the proposed actions in the document that may affect areas of concern for your community.

If your community is too small to have staff for this purpose, consider seeking assistance from:

  • UAF Cooperative Extension Service
  • Local and regional school districts
  • EPA-funded IGAP staffers - The EPA-funded Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) has one staffer in many villages that the agency works with to build local capacity to administer environmental programs and community education on environmental issues.

Better yet, at the beginning of the NEPA process, request that a summary of the EIS be prepared that translates highly technical issues into language and illustrations that will be clear to elected officials in your community.

Ask yourself:

  • Have all of your questions about potential impacts been answered?
  • Have less impactful alternatives to the proposed development method been identified and adequately studied?
  • Has technical information been made clear ?
  • Is there a list of all of the individual agency permits that would be required for the project to move forward?
  • Is it possible to get the lead agency to include the text of the draft permits included in the draft EIS for your review?

Then make sure that any remaining concerns that your community has about the proposal are documented in writing and sent to the lead agency.