The administrative actions that the supplemental EIS must address include modifying an existing EPA Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) new source permit for the mine site and issuing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CWA Section 404 permit. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Northwest Arctic Borough, and nine tribal governments (Buckland, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk, Kotzebue, Noatak, Noorvik, Selawik, Shungnak) are participating as cooperating agencies in the NEPA process. The Maniilaq Association, a tribal consortium that provides health, social, and tribal services to the region, will represent the nine tribal governments throughout the NEPA process.
Alternatives:The supplemental EIS will evaluate the "no action" alternative. Additional alternatives will be developed in response to issues raised during the scoping process. For example, there may be waste rock and tailings disposal alternatives, water management alternatives, and/or mine closure alternatives that will be evaluated.
Scoping:The public scoping period begins with the publication of this Notice and concludes October 15, 2007. EPA invites Federal agencies, Native Tribes, State and local governments, and members of the public to comment on the scope of the supplemental EIS. Scoping meetings for the purpose of identifying issues to be evaluated in the supplemental EIS will be held in Anchorage on October 2, in Kotzebue on October 3, in Noatak on October 4, and in Kivalina on October 5. The exact locations and times of the meetings will be announced in local papers. The public is invited to attend and identify issues that should be addressed in the SEIS. A scoping document that explains in greater detail the project and alternatives identified at this time will be sent to known interested parties. The public can obtain a copy of the scoping document at the project Web site,www.reddogseis.com, or by contacting Patty McGrath at the phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address listed above in this notice.
How to Comment:EPA invites public comment on the proposed scope of this supplemental EIS. Comments may be submitted by mail, electronic mail, or fax, to Patty McGrath at the contact information above, by close of business October 15, 2007.
Estimated Date of EIS Release:Summer 2008.
Responsible Official:Elin D. Miller, Regional Administrator.