Reclamation Reopens the Public Comment Period on Proposed NGS and Kayenta Mine Complex Operations, Schedules Additional Open House Meeting
Media Contact: Patricia Cox , (623) 773-6214
Sandra Eto, (623) 773-6254
For Release: July 28, 2014
PHOENIX – At the request of the Hopi Tribe, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an additional public scoping open-house meeting on August 14, 2014 in Hotevilla, Arizona. The meeting will occur from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) at the Hotevilla Youth and Elderly Center, 1 Main Street, Hotevilla, Arizona. Hopi and Navajo interpreters will be available.
In June, the Reclamation hosted a series of public scoping open-house meetings 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 were open to the public and offered an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide input on environmental factors to be considered in the EIS. The open-house format included no formal presentations but gave an opportunity for informal exchanges of information. The additional meeting will follow the same format.
In addition, the comment period has been reopened and extended through August 31, 2014. All comments on the proposed EIS must be postmarked by that date to ensure consideration 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 the upcoming public scoping meeting. 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.
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