VA to host public scoping meeting regarding environmental impact - KOTA Territory News

VA to host public scoping meeting regarding environmental impact statement

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host three public scoping meetings to invite comments from Veterans, stakeholders, government agencies, and members of the public for an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System.

The EIS will evaluate a range of alternatives, including no action, for realigning services and resources to provide high-quality, safe, accessible, and cost-effective care closer to where Veterans live. The VA requests input on the development of these alternatives, potential environmental impacts from any alternatives, and suggestions to mitigate impacts.

The content and format of the public scoping meetings at each location will be the same.

HOT SPRINGS: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mueller Center, Auditorium
801 S. 6th Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747

RAPID CITY: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, Sheridan Room
2111 N. LaCrosse Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

Doors will open 30 minutes before each meeting so participants can review displays and obtain handouts and forms for written comments. A brief presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. (Hot Springs only) and 6:30 p.m. (both locations), after which the public will have the opportunity to provide oral comments regarding the VA’s proposed realignment of the Black Hills Health Care System.

Those who cannot attend or who prefer to provide written comments are encouraged to participate by submitting comments to vablackhillsfuture@va.gov by June 26, 2014. This scoping process complies with the VA’s procedures for preparing an EIS under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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