VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA Black Hills Future
|Public Meeting materials on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to Staff Assistant to the Director, VA BHHCS, 113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741.
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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