How Your Comments Were Used
Public comments on the Draft Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS (PEIS) were used to help determine the changes needed to prepare the Final PEIS.
Interested parties were invited to review the Draft PEIS and provide comments. The UGP Wind PEIS comment process was intended to involve all interested agencies (Federal, State, county, and local), public interest groups, businesses, and members of the public. The public was encouraged to communicate information and comments on issues it believes Western and the Service should address in the Final PEIS. The agencies requested that reviewers provide specific information and comments on factual errors, missing information, or additional considerations that should be corrected or included in the Final PEIS.
Western and the Service gathered public comments on what issues should be addressed in the Final PEIS, and identified and provided rationale in the Final PEIS on those issues addressed and those issues beyond the scope of the PEIS. The Final PEIS incorporates changes in response to comments.
The public comment period for the Draft PEIS was the second major public involvement opportunity for the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS. Public scoping comments received earlier were taken into consideration to determine relevant issues of concern to stakeholders that might influence the scope of the environmental analysis and the alternatives considered in the Draft Programmatic EIS.
The public comment period on the Draft PEIS started with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on March 22, 2013, and closed May 21, 2013. Western and the Service considered all oral, electronic, and written comments on the Draft PEIS received or postmarked by May 21, 2013. Agencies, interested parties, and the public were invited to submit comments on the Draft PEIS at any time during the public comment period. Written and oral comments were given equal weight.
For More InformationFor more information on public participation in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, please consult the following publications: