VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA Black Hills Future
January 29, 2016
VA Black Hills Health Care System Announces 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 March 6, 2016. The public comment period began on October 28, 2015 and was scheduled to close on February 5, 2016. VA BHHCS decided to extend the public comment period for an additional thirty days to allow more time to review and write comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System.
"I've heard from some of our stakeholders that more time is needed to review and study the lengthy DEIS document," said Sandra Horsman, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System. "Public input is such an important part of the EIS process. We've listened and are now pleased to announce that Veterans and the public have even more time to submit their comments."
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 March 6, 2016, online at www.blackhillseis.com, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to Staff Assistant to the Director, VA BHHCS, 113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741.
|Public Meeting materials on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement|
|Public Meeting Presentation 2015|
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
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