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VA Black Hills Health Care System

 

VA Black Hills Future

Public Meeting materials on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement  

Draft EIS Information Sheet

Comment Form

Posters on the Purpose and Need, Potential Services By Location, and Integrating NHPA and Section 106 Compliance into the NEPA process

Posters on the Alternatives for Reconfiguration of VABHHCS and Summary of Environmental Impacts Parts 1-4

 Public Meeting Presentation 2015


February 26, 2016

 VA Black Hills Health Care System Announces Third Public Comment Period Extension on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for

Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today an extension of the public comment period through May 5, 2016. The public comment period on the draft document began on October 28, 2015.  VA BHHCS decided to extend the public comment period in response to stakeholder requests for additional time to review and write comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System. 

VA is committed to providing our Veterans with the timely, high-quality care and services they have earned and deserve,” said Sandra Horsman, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System. “Throughout the entire reconfiguration discussion we’ve been grateful for the input of Veterans and our stakeholders.  We recognize that public comments are an essential part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and we’re pleased to offer more time to hear from as many people as possible.”

The DEIS document and additional resources are available for download on the VA BHHCS webpage at: www.blackhills.va.gov/vablackhillsfuture.  The document is also available at the following public libraries:  Hot Springs, Rapid City Downtown, Sturgis, Chadron, Alliance, Lied Scottsbluff, and Pierre (Rawlins Municipal) public libraries; as well as in Pine Ridge at the Oglala Lakota College Pine Ridge Center library on the high school campus.

Written comments can be submitted on the Draft EIS through May 5, online at www.blackhillseis.com, by email to vablackhillsfuture@va.gov, or by regular mail to Staff Assistant to the Director, VA BHHCS, 113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741.

 

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Additional resources to assist in developing effective public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement:

A Citizens Guide to the NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard https://ceq.doe.gov/nepa/Citizens_Guide_Dec07.pdf

BLM EIS Commenting Guidelines https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/lup/33152/42253/44903/BLM_EIS_commenting_guidelines.pdf

Constructing Effective Public Comments Under NEPA http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/planning/pdf/NEPA%20Presentation%20-%20Baker%20County.pdf

 



 

Announcing Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft EIS analyzes the potential impacts of six alternatives for changes to VA’s facilities in Hot Springs and Rapid City, South Dakota, to support the proposed services reconfiguration.

The VA BHHCS Reconfiguration Draft EIS is available for download below. The Draft EIS is also available for viewing at public libraries in Hot Springs, Rapid City Downtown, Sturgis, Chadron, Alliance, Lied Scottsbluff, and Pierre (Rawlins Municipal). as well as in Pine Ridge at the Oglala Lakota College Pine Ridge Center library on the high school campus.


Download the Draft Environmental
Impact
Statement Here

Download individual sections here

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Chapter 1-2
  Chapter 2 - 3.0 - 3.7
  Chapter 3 - 3.8 - 3.16
 

Chapter 4 - 9 

 

Chapter 5 - AppA-Permits

 

Chapter 6 - AppB-SavetheVA

 

Chapter 7 - AppC-NHPA

 

Chapter 8 - AppD-Scoping

 

Submit Comments regarding the Draft EIS by
May 5, 2016

 

by email:

vablackhillsfuture@va.gov

online:

Direct to the EIS contractor:
http://www.blackhillseis.com/

by mail to:

Staff Assistant to the Director
VA Black Hills Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741

or direct to the EIS contractor:

Labat Environmental
BHHCS EIS1406 Fort Crook Road South Suite 101
Bellevue, NE 68005


Contact

Contact Us
Staff Asst. to the Director
113 Comache Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741
605-720-7170
vablackhillsfuture@va.gov

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