Thanks for Keeping the Opposition Message Strong! Wis. Environmental Impact Scoping Deadline was Friday, Jan 4th, 2019. Thanks to everyone for submitting approximately 370 comments!
On January 4th we finished the Scoping process for the state Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Our attention now shifts to another EIS, the federal USDA RUS (Rural Utilities Service) Environmental Impact Statement. NOW you can help influence the Federal EIS! The federal EIS began two years ago when we attended Scoping meetings and submitted comments. RUS subsequently wrote a draft EIS link using the key issues identified in comments received from 352 people. They are seeking public comments on this draft, and will take them into consideration when writing their final EIS.
Written Public Comment Period: Written comments on the Draft Federal EIS are now due April 1, 2019. Public Comment Meetings RUS is working on scheduling dates for these meetings; we will publicize them once we have specifics.
The second PSC Prehearing Conference has been announced. Anyone can attend. PSC Prehearing Conference Friday, February 22, 2019 10:00 a.m. Hill Farms State Office Building, Room S105 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison "NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Commission will hold a second prehearing conference in this docket on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., in the Public Service Commission Hearing Room located on the first floor in Room S105 at the Hill Farms State Office Building, 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, Wisconsin, and continuing at times to be set by the presiding Administrative Law Judge. "This prehearing conference provides an opportunity to comment on: (1) who, other than parties already identified, will actively participate as parties, (2) the issues, (3) the schedule, and (4) any other matter that will facilitate the proceeding. Parties will be bound by the designation of issues and the schedule adopted at the prehearing conference.
"The Commission intends to webcast any hearing sessions held in the Public Service Commission Hearing Room live on the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov under the “Live Broadcast” button."
Format for Public Comment Meetings There will be no general presentation, just an introduction. Purpose is to hear comments from public. People will sign in. There will be no time limit for oral comments; however the meeting itself does have a specific ending time so they might have to limit individual’s comment time depending on how many people sign up. Given this, it would be a good idea for people to write out and submit their public comment at the meeting, in case they do not have time to state everything orally. They will not respond to public comments. If they did so, they would run into problem of different things being said at different meetings. All public comments will be recorded by court recorder, put into formal records, and will be listed in final document. Public comments will be answered collectively in the final document. Is there a hierarchy of importance given to types of comments? NO, there is no hierarchy; all comments are treated the same. All comments will be answered collectively in final document.
You can submit comments ahead of Public Meetings by email, You can submit comments ahead of Public Meetings by snail mail, You can submit written comments at one of the Public Meetings, or You can give oral comment at a Public Meeting
What you should write:
Any comment is helpful. Consider: What’s your interest? Why are you bothering to comment? How would you be affected by CHC? Avoid merely stating that you are opposed to CHC. Include your reasons why. If you submitted a comment two years ago, it’s better not to restate it since all prior comments were addressed in the Draft EIS. Instead, you should reference your prior comments and then state that you do not understand how/if it has been addressed in the draft EIS.
Even Better Add specific details about how the property, business or organization, etc. you care about would be negatively impacted.
A+ Comments Those submitted by experts in their field of expertise.
If you know of limitations or omissions in the draft EIS, please explain them.
Citations and other documentation: If possible, please reference any documentation from sources such as academic journals. (Not required.)
You can use points from your recent state scoping letter to the PSC. After explaining a concern(s) add, “How will this concern be addressed in the final Federal EIS?”
The Table of Contents – where you can find topics that are of interest to you At top of page from link, Click on “Volume 1, Chapter 1-3” Once there at title page, scroll down through “Executive Summary,” which is 20 pages long. After page ES-20 you will see Page 1 of the Table of Contents. Within Table of Contents click on item that interests you and it will take you to applicable page. All page numbers are links that will bring you to the section you want.
Public Comments – that were written two years ago by 379 people for federal EIS Scoping. To refresh your memory about your own comment/s or to read comments from others: Near bottom of page from link find “Public Comments,” and click on applicable letter in alphabet.
Addresses for Letters: Onlinecomments@CardinalHickoryCreekEIS.us Mail SWCA Environmental Consultants Attn: Cardinal-Hickory Creek EIS 80 Emerson Lane Suite 1306 Bridgeville, PA 15017
By participating in this process we have an opportunity to affect the decision about the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission lines.
Use either of these addresses: On Line:comments@CardinalHickoryCreekEIS.us US Postal Service: SWCA Environmental Consultants Attn: Cardinal-Hickory Creek EIS 80 Emerson Lane, Suite 1306 Bridgeville, PA 15
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