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MARCH 22, 2019

Public meetings on DEIS begin Monday

On Monday, March 25, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) begins a series of 9 public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) developed as part of the Pebble permitting process. The meetings will be held in the same communities where the Corps held its scoping meetings: Naknek, Kokhanok, Newhalen, Igiugig, New Stuyahok, Nondalton, Dillingham, Homer and Anchorage.

According to the Corps, there will be live microphones to provide testimony. This will be “first come, first served,” so members of the public wanting to speak are advised to show up at the beginning of the hearing window. The Corps will set a time limit for each speaker – likely 2-3 minutes – dependent on how many individuals sign up to speak. Testimony will also be taken by court reporters. Translators will be available.

The Corps published its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on February 20. It follows a prescribed format that includes purpose and need of the proposed project, the proposed alternatives, the assessment of the environmental impacts of those alternatives, and mitigation to further avoid or minimize impacts.”

The Corps is seeking “substantive” comments that add to its analysis in those four areas.  

Find a public hearing location, date and time.
For additional details, download the Corps’ DEIS Info Package.
Download and read the DEIS Executive Summary. 
Read the Corps’ Tips for Commenting.
Submit your comment in writing at PebbleProjectEIS.com. 

We started our review of the Draft EIS at the end of the document: in the References section.

We compared it to the bibliography in the EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. While different in scope and goals, these two documents both encompass study and analysis set in Bristol Bay related to hard-rock large-scale mining. Our results showed that fewer than 6% of the scientific documents cited in the EPA's study were also included in the Corps' Draft EIS.

Read the full article. You can also view a list of the shared documents, and see a comparison of how frequently common terms appear in each reference list.

From ADFLUVIAL to WETLANDS, the Corps has developed a 153-word Technical Glossary that can help you make sense of Pebble project and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Pebble Watch is a program of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Land Department.
Learn more at www.pebblewatch.com

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