EISs for the Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer Spur Projects Begins

The analyses for the EISs will include a review of the environmental impacts, including human health effects related to the construction and operation of the Gateway Pacific Terminal facilities and modifications to the BNSF Custer Spur. The scope of the analyses for particular elements in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) draft EISs may vary. An EIS document provides the public and agency decision makers with information on possible adverse effects of a proposed project, as well as reasonable alternatives and measures to reduce those effects.

While separate EIS products are required, they will be produced in a coordinated process, and the Co-Leads remain committed to collaboration and information sharing to efficiently perform decision-making processes. 

The EIS process started with scoping, which is an important step wherein the public is invited to comment on what should be covered in the document. Thousands of comments were collected at in-person scoping meetings, online, and in writing through the end of the scoping period on January 22, 2013. The comments received during the scoping process were summarized in a publicly available scoping report. After reviewing the submitted comments, the Co-Lead Agencies decided upon the scope of analysis to be covered in the EISs (April 2014).

Once the draft EISs are published (anticipated to be in mid-2015), the public will be invited to review and comment on both documents and participate in public hearings.

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El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos, el Departamento de Ecología de Washington y el Condado Whatcom (referidos colectivamente como los agencias Co-Lead) están preparando una declaración de impacto ambiental (DIA) para documentar los efectos de un proyecto multimodal de aguas profundas para una terminal en la zona industrial de Cherry Point del Condado Whatcom y modificaciones a la vía férrea de la desviación Custer (BNSF).

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