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Public Meeting on 2012 E. Long Island Sound Dredged Material Supplemental EIS

Release Date: 01/04/2013
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 4, 2013) – EPA has released a Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the potential designation of one or more dredged material disposal sites in Eastern Long Island Sound, and will host a public meeting in Riverhead, N.Y. on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is being developed with the input of other federal and state “cooperating agencies” and a wide range of stakeholders from the states of New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The SEIS will update and build on the analyses that were conducted for the 2004 Long Island Sound Environmental Impact Statement that supported the designation of the Central and Western Long Island Sound disposal sites. EPA plans to complete the SEIS within three years and will provide numerous opportunities for public review and input throughout the entire process.

The Jan. 9 public meeting will present the plan for the SEIS outlined in the Notice of Intent and ask for public input.  A meeting previously scheduled in Port Jefferson, N.Y. for Nov. 15 was postponed due to the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts on Long Island. The meeting details are listed below:

Date:           Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Time:          2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., registration will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Location:   Suffolk County Community College
                   Culinary Arts Center
                   Room 135
                   20 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

Directions:  Available at (http://department.sunysuffolk.edu/CulinaryArts_E/3232.asp)
  
More information:
- EPA’s Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 16, 2012 (
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/10/16/2012-25420/notice-of-intent-designation-of-an-ocean-dredged-material-disposal-site-odmds-in-eastern-long-island)

- EPA’s Dredged Material Management in Long Island Sound (http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/lisdreg/index.html)

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