Public and agency involvement is critical throughout the preparation of the EIS. A public scoping comment period was initiated when the Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2009. Public scoping comments on the EIS were accepted until October 31, 2009 (public scoping period exceeded 45-days).
Draft EIS Public Review
A 45-day public comment period on the Draft EIS was initiated with publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register on Friday, March 2nd. The comment period for the Draft EIS was extended by the BIA and will close on May 16, 2012. Comments received during the comment period will be considered during preparation of a Final EIS.
A public hearing for the Draft EIS and Tribe’s Two-Part Application was held on March 26, 2012, starting at 6:00 PM, and ran until the last public comment was received. The hearing was held at the Sunset Elementary School Gymnasium, 12824 West 12th Avenue, Airway Heights, Washington 99001.
Final EIS Review Period
A public review period for the Final EIS was initiated with publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on February 1, 2013. The BIA accepted comments on the Final EIS for a period exceeding 90 days, closing on May 1, 2013.