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Save the VA Committee clears up confusion about Environmental Impact Study

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The VA is moving forward with an Environmental Impact Study on closing the century old historic Hot Springs facility and rebuilding facilities in Rapid City.

Members of Save the VA want to make sure everyone understands what is going on and on Monday night they held a town hall meeting. Those involved with the committee say many people think the study means that the VA will definitely close, they want to be clear that's not the case.

People from Hot Springs crowed in the auditorium at the Mueller Civic Center to find out what the Environmental Impact Statement means and what the next steps in the process are.

Those involved with Save the VA say the study will show closing the facility in Hot Springs is not good for the economy, veterans, or the people of South Dakota. They also say there is a lot of misinformation going around.

"The question in everybody's mind is they already decided what they are going to do this is just a formality. That is exactly not true. It is not a formality and our congressman have guaranteed us that this is at least looked at," said Don Ackerman, a member of the Save the VA Committee.

The Environmental Impact Statement is part of a federal process of the Veterans Administration to enact proposals. That study will take anywhere from 10 to 18 months to complete.

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