The Public’s Role
The public plays an essential role in the Tesoro Anacortes Clean Products Upgrade Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. Public comment is vital to an effective environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Stakeholders, including agencies and the general public, had the opportunity to provide comments for consideration during the EIS scoping phase and again with the release of the draft EIS.
The first step in the EIS process is called scoping. This phase included a comment period (from March 17, 2016, through April 15, 2016) where the public and other stakeholders had the opportunity to provide feedback on what should be analyzed in the EIS.
Specifically, the scoping process requested input on the following topics:
- Reasonable range of alternatives;
- Potentially affected resources and extent of analysis for those resources;
- Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate effects of the proposal; and
- Cumulative impacts.
After considering comments, Skagit County determined what should be included in the EIS.
Skagit County prepared a draft EIS. The draft EIS includes information about the proposed project, its potential environmental impacts, and what could be done to avoid or minimize those impacts. The information in the draft EIS was provided for review and comment by interested parties. Review the draft EIS online and view comments submitted during the draft EIS comment period (March 23 - May 8, 2017).
Skagit County is compiling, reviewing and considering the comments submitted on the draft EIS. A final EIS is being prepared. The final EIS may be used by agencies to inform permitting decisions for the proposed project. Seven days following publication of the final EIS, permits may be issued based on the regulatory requirements for each permit process
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