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BLM, USFS and ODOE Joint Scoping and Public Information Meetings (August 2-12, 2010)

Example photo of scoping meeting.

ODOE, BLM and USFS reopened the public comment period for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project) in summer 2010. These agencies hosted additional public scoping and information meetings on Idaho Power’s new routes and related documents in August 2010. The formal public scoping and comment period for the B2H Project closed on September 27, 2010.

During each meeting the state and federal agencies gave presentations about their respective review processes. In addition, Idaho Power gave a brief presentation about the project. Following the presentations, the agencies held a question-and-answer session.

During the open house portion of the meetings attendees had opportunities to learn more about the project, review maps, provide written comments and discuss the project with agency staff and consultants, as well as Idaho Power representatives.

While the formal public scoping and comment period has concluded, comments received after September 27, 2010 will be reviewed by the agencies and may be incorporated into the agencies' environmental review processes to the extent possible within the project schedule.

In spring 2011, BLM and USFS published the revised scoping report.

The revised scoping report documents scoping outreach efforts, summarizes comments received, and identifies issues raised and suggested alternatives for the proposed project. The report adds over 300 comments received during the 2010 scoping period to those received in 2008, as well as more than 900 comments submitted through Idaho Power’s Community Advisory Process. Comments were provided by the public, Tribes and local, state, and Federal agencies.

The BLM and USFS will use the revised scoping report to help prepare the Draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which will evaluate the B2H Project and a range of reasonable alternatives for potential impacts to environmental, social and economic resources. The next opportunity for formal public comment will be the 90-day comment period following the release of the draft EIS. The BLM will also hold public meetings during the draft EIS comment period.