Preparation of the EIS includes six stages:
Notice of Intent
The process begins with a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register. The Notice of Intent for the EIS was published on June 11, 2007.
The purpose of scoping is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the project and to share any concerns or support they may have. Comments from the public scoping process will be used to help BLM identify a range of alternatives that should be considered in the EIS, as well as to identify issues and concerns regarding the various alternatives. In addition, the scoping process helps identify any issues that are not considered significant and can thereby be eliminated from detailed analysis in the EIS. The list of stakeholders and other interested parties is also updated and generally expanded during the scoping process.
The scoping period for the EIS was June 11, 2007 through January 4, 2008.
The BLM prepares a Draft EIS and makes it available to the public. This document generally includes the following:
- Purpose of and need for action
- Alternatives, including proposed actions
- Affected environment
- Environmental consequences
- Mitigation measures to minimize impacts
The Draft EIS is distributed to stakeholders and other interested parties for review. The availability of the Draft EIS is announced in the Federal Register through a Notice of Availability (NOA).
Draft EIS Public Comment Period
The publication of the NOA in the Federal Register begins the 120-day public comment period for the EIS. The notice includes specific information about the public comment period, including a timeframe, notes public meetings, and information about how comments may be submitted. Public participation associated with the Draft EIS is administered by the BLM. The comment period opened August 5, 2011 and closed December 5, 2011.
Public meetings for the Sloan Hills Competitive Mineral Material Sales Environmental Impact Statement were held:
- November 1 - 1 to 4 p.m. - Henderson Convention Center - 200 S. Water St.
- November 2 - 6 to 9 p.m. - Coronado High School - 1001 Coronado Center Drive
- November 3 - 6 to 9 p.m. - Liberty High School - 3700 Liberty Heights Avenue
All meetings had the same format. First hour was an open house session where specialists were available to answer questions followed by 30 minute project presentation. The final hour and half was a public hearing where individuals had the opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS.Final EIS and Record of Decision
After the public comment period, a Final EIS is prepared. This document includes descriptions of public comments and indicates how the comments were addressed in the Final EIS. An NOA is posted in the Federal Register announcing the completion and availability of the Final EIS. The Final EIS is distributed to stakeholders and other interested parties. The Final EIS was published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2013.
A Record of Decision describing the BLM's decision regarding the proposed action is signed. The Record of Decision was published April 26, 2013.