Getting Involved in the Programmatic EIS
The public comment period on the Draft Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic EIS (PEIS) closed on May 21, 2013.
Past Public Involvement Opportunities: Public Comments on the Draft PEIS
The public was encouraged to provide information and comments on issues it believes the Agencies 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.
The public comment period for the Draft PEIS began March 22, 2013, and closed May 21, 2013. Comments on the Draft PEIS were accepted at public meetings, electronically through this Web site, and by mail.
Written and oral comments were given equal weight and the Agencies considered all comments that were received or postmarked by May 21, 2013 in preparing the Final PEIS.
Public meetings for the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS were held in three cities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana in April and May 2013. Oral and written public comments were accepted at these meetings. Dates and locations of the public meetings are shown on the Public Meetings page.
Past Public Involvement Opportunities: Public Scoping
Public scoping is a phase of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis process intended to give interested parties the chance to comment on a proposed action, recommend alternatives, and to identify and prioritize the issues to be considered in the PEIS analyses. Scoping is the earliest, but not the last, opportunity for people to provide input on the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS.
During scoping, the Western Area Power Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Agencies) invited interested parties to participate in the scoping process, both to identify alternatives and environmental issues to be analyzed in depth and to eliminate from detailed study those alternatives and environmental issues that are not feasible or pertinent. The scoping process was intended to involve all interested agencies (federal, state, county, and local), public interest groups, businesses, and members of the public. The public scoping period started with the publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on September 11, 2008, and ended November 10, 2008.
Written and oral comments received during scoping were given equal weight, and the Agencies considered all comments that were received or postmarked by November 10, 2008, in defining the scope of this PEIS.
Public Scoping Meetings
Public scoping meetings for the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS were held in three cities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana in September and October 2008. Oral and written public comments were submitted at these meetings. Scoping meeting documents and transcripts are available on the Documents page.
The Agencies invited any federal, state, or local agency or tribal government with jurisdiction by law or special expertise in wind energy development and/or electricity transmission operation to be a cooperating agency. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS); the Bureau of Reclamation; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the Draft PEIS.
Other agencies or state governments could become cooperating agencies at their request.
For More Information
For more information on public participation in the NEPA process, please consult the following publications:
For information on the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS process, contact:
Mr. Mark Wieringa
For information on the Service's participation in the PEIS, contact:
Mr. Kelly Hogan