4/26/2018: Polar Icebreaker Program public scoping process has begun for preparation of Environmental Impact Statement, intent to hold public meetings

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The U.S. Coast Guard, as lead agency, is providing notice of their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the Polar Icebreaker Program’s design and build of up to six polar icebreakers. Notice is being given that the public scoping process has begun for preparation of an EIS that will address the impact and alternatives of the proposed action. The scoping process solicits public comments regarding the range of issues, including potential environmental impacts and alternatives that should be addressed in the EIS. The Coast Guard intends to hold public meetings to discuss potential issues, concerns and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in the EIS. A draft EIS will be prepared and circulated for public comments following the scoping meetings and comment period.

Comments and related materials must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 25, 2018. The public meetings will be held in May 2018 in Anchorage, Utqiagvik (Barrow), Nome and Kotzebue. The exact days and times of the public meetings will be announced through notice in the local newspapers (The Arctic Sounder, The Anchorage Daily News and the Nome Nugget) and online at http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Programs/Polar-Icebreaker.

For more information on this Federal Register notice, please go to: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-26/pdf/2018-08795.pdf.

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