Getting Involved

Review and Comment Period for the Draft EIS

Comment Period Extended to December 29, 2016. Click here for more information.

The second formal opportunity for public input is during the Public Review and Comment Period, which began with the publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft EIS in the Federal Register (September 30, 2016). This comment period initially was announced in the NOA as being 60-days in duration. In response respond to public requests, the comment period has been extended by 30 days. Comments now are due December 29, 2016. During this period, the public is given an opportunity to read the draft EIS and comment on its adequacy in describing and addressing the potential impacts that would result from the project.

  • To read or download a copy of the Draft EIS, click here.
  • For a list of places where you can read a paper version of the Draft EIS, click here.
  • To request a compact disk of the Draft EIS click here.
  • To download a comment form click here.

Public meetings were held in the project area for interested and affected individuals, groups and organizations, as well as local, state and tribal governmental agencies (see below for locations and dates of the meetings). The purpose of these meetings was to provide the public an opportunity to make comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIS, and to ask questions about the findings contained in the Draft EIS.

Phoenix
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST

Casa Grande
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m. MST

PageNavajo interpreters present
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. MST

LeChee Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST

Tuba CityHopi and Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. MDT

Shonto Navajo interpreters present
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MDT

KayentaNavajo interpreters present
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. MDT

Polacca Hopi and Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST

KykotsmoviHopi and Navajo interpreters present
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. MST

Forest Lake, Navajo Nation Navajo interpreters present
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MDT

Window Rock Navajo interpreters present
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MDT

After the Public Review and Comment Period ends, all the comments received on the Draft EIS will be carefully considered. The EIS will be revised to address substantive issues raised in the comments. This revised EIS will be called the Final EIS, which also will provide responses to all the comments received during the Public Review and Comment Period. We anticipate the Final EIS will be available to the public sometime in late 2017.

Public Scoping

The first formal opportunity for public input during preparation of the Draft EIS was the “Scoping” process. The Public Scoping Period for this project began on May 16, 2014, with the publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register. The scoping period ended on August 31, 2014. To access the public scoping materials, click here. Comments received during the scoping period and at other listening sessions were considered during the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Scoping Summary Report for the NGS-KMC Project EIS is available. Click here.

For More Information

For more information on public participation in the NEPA process, please consult the following publication:

A Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard (932 KB)