Reclamation to Host Events for Public Comment on Proposed Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine Complex Operations
Media Contact: Patricia Cox , (623) 773-6214
Sandra Eto, (623) 773-6254
For Release: May 22, 2014
PHOENIX – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a series of Open Houses to share information on the development of the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) to study the human and environmental effects of extending operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located near Page, Arizona and the associated production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, located near Kayenta, Arizona from 2020 through 2044.
The events are open to the public and offer an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide input on environmental factors to be considered in the EIS. Interested individuals are invited to attend at any time during the Open Houses as there will be no formal presentation. EIS project team members will be available to answer questions and written comments are welcome. Navajo and Hopi interpreters will be assisting at some of the scheduled Open Houses.
All comments on the proposed EIS must be postmarked by the end of the comment period on July 7, 2014, to be considered in the Draft EIS. Send written comments via postal mail, hand delivery or courier to:
Ms. Sandra Eto NGS-KMC Project Environmental Coordinator Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office 6150 W. Thunderbird Road Glendale, AZ 85306-4001
Comments also may be faxed to 623-773-6486, emailed to NGSKMC@usbr.gov, or submitted in person at any of the 10 public comment events. Court reporters will also be available to record oral comments. To learn more about the project, visit http://ngskmc-eis.net or call Ms. Patricia Cox, Public Affairs Specialist, at 623-773-6214.
Schedule of Arizona Public Open House Events on the Navajo Generating Station EIS and Kayenta Mine Complex
Window Rock – Navajo interpreters available. Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Navajo Nation Museum, Resource Room, Highway 264, Postal Loop Road, Window Rock, AZ
*Forest Lake Chapter House, Navajo Nation – Navajo interpreters available Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Forest Lake Chapter House - 14 miles north of Pinon on Route N-41, AZ
*Kayenta – Navajo interpreters available Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Monument Valley High School Cafeteria, 2 miles north of Highway 160 on Highway 163, Kayenta, AZ
Shonto – Navajo interpreters available Date: Friday, June 13, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Shonto Chapter House, Building S001-001 E. Navajo Nation Road 221, Shonto, AZ
*Kykotsmovi – Hopi and Navajo interpreters available Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Hopi Day School Multipurpose Room, ½ mile east of Village Store on Highway 264, Kykotsmovi, AZ
LeChee – Navajo interpreters available Date: Monday, June 16, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: LeChee Chapter House, 5 miles south of Page off of Coppermine Road, LeChee, AZ
Page – Navajo interpreters available Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 4 p.m. to7 p.m. Location: City Hall Townhouse, 605 S. Navajo Drive, Page, AZ
Tuba City – Hopi and Navajo interpreters available Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Tuba City High School, Cafeteria Warrior Drive, Tuba City, AZ
Phoenix Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Room 129AB, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ
Marana Date: Friday, June 20, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Marana High School, Cafeteria, 12000 W. Emigh Road, Tucson, AZ
*Coincident with the EIS scoping meetings at these locations, OSMRE will be conducting Informal Conferences on PWCC’s LOM Permit Revision Application for the Kayenta Mine (Federal Permit AZ0001E)
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