Reclamation Schedules Additional Community Outreach Meetings for Hopi
Media Contact: Patricia Cox , (623) 773-6214
Sandra Eto , (623) 773-6254
For Release: August 04, 2014
PHOENIX – At the request of the Hopi Tribe, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled two community outreach meetings to provide information on the proposed actions regarding the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine Complex.
The community outreach meetings will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. A morning session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center, Highway 264, Milepost 375.5, Kykotsmovi AZ. An afternoon session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sichomovi Village, Ponsi Hall, First Mesa AZ.
The community outreach meetings will be held in an open-house format and provide information on the development of the Environment Impact Statement (EIS) which will 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 open-house format includes no formal presentations but provides an opportunity for informal exchanges of information.
Written comments will be accepted and Hopi interpreters will be available at the community outreach meetings.
The previously scheduled August 14 meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hotevilla Village, Hotevilla Youth and Elderly Center, 1 Main Street, Hotevilla, Arizona. This public scoping meeting, also in the open-house meeting format, will provide Navajo and Hopi interpreters and court reporters to accept oral comments.
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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