Draft EIS

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Now Available for the Navajo Generating Station–Kayenta Mine Complex Project

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Navajo Generating Station–Kayenta Mine Complex Project to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of extending operation of the Navajo Generating Station, a power plant located near Page, Arizona, and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona, from 2020 through 2044.

The Draft EIS is available for public review and comment from September 30, 2016, to December 29, 2016.

A notice was published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2016 to extend the public review and comment period for 30 days, until December 29, 2016.

Click here to access the Draft EIS files.  

View paper copies of the Draft EIS in the following locations:

  1. Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC.
  2. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Navajo Regional Office, 301 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico.
  3. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement, Western Regional Office, 1999 Broadway Street, Suite 3320, Denver, Colorado.
  4. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Road, Page, Arizona.
  5. Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Drylake Street, Casa Grande, Arizona.
  6. Hopi Tribal Headquarters, Main Lobby, 123 Main St., Kykotsmovi, Arizona.
  7. Navajo Nation Library, Highway 264 and Postal Loop Road, Window Rock, Arizona.
  8. LeChee Chapter House, 5 miles south of Page off of Coppermine Road, LeChee, Arizona.
  9. Tuba City Chapter House, 220 S. Main St., Tuba City, Arizona.
  10. Shonto Chapter House, E. Navajo Route 221, Shonto, Arizona.
  11. Kayenta Chapter House, Highway 163, Kayenta, Arizona.
  12. Forest Lake Chapter House, 17 miles north of Pinon on Navajo Route 41, Pinon, Arizona.
  13. Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation, 6150 W. Thunderbird Rd.,  Glendale, AZ 85306

Public Meetings and Commenting on the Draft EIS

The public was invited to attend public meetings to learn about the proposed project and to provide input on the environmental analysis presented in the Draft EIS. Input from the public is intended to ensure the adequacy and accuracy of the environmental document and help Reclamation make a well-informed decision on the proposed project.

Eleven public meetings were conducted in an open house format as noted, between October 24 and November 4, 2016. In this open house format, project team members were available at various informational stations to discuss the proposed project and the Draft EIS. Navajo and Hopi interpreters were present at the public meetings as noted below. Written comments were accepted at the meetings, and court reporters were available to record oral comments. Written comments were accepted at these meetings.

The comment period was extended by 30 days (90 days total) to December 29, 2016; two times the comment period required by the National Environmental Policy Act. All written comments must be postmarked by the end of the comment period on December 29, 2016, for consideration in the Final EIS. Send written comments via postal mail, hand delivery or courier to:

  • NGS-KMC Project Manager, PXAO-1500
  • Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office
  • 6150 W. Thunderbird Road
  • Glendale, AZ 85306-4001

Comments also may be faxed to 623-773-6483 or emailed to NGSKMC-EIS@usbr.gov

Phoenix
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Casa Grande
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Page – Navajo interpreters present
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

LeChee – Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Tuba City – Hopi and Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Shonto – Navajo interpreters present
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Kayenta – Navajo interpreters present
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Polacca – Hopi and Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Kykotsmovi – Hopi and Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Forest Lake, Navajo Nation – Navajo interpreters present
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Window Rock – Navajo interpreters present
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016