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Posted 7/2/2014

Release no. 14-032


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding two meetings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which examines the incremental environmental risk, principally from vessel traffic, related to operation of the previously authorized addition of the North Wing to the BP Cherry Point dock, near Ferndale, Wash. The North Wing has been in operation since 2001 and handles refined petroleum products.

The comment period for the draft EIS began June 6 and closes Aug. 6, 2014. The Corps is holding public meetings in Bellingham and Seattle on July 16 and 24 respectively.  Both written and oral comments will be considered in the preparation of the final EIS.

Public Meeting Dates and Locations: The Corps will hold two public meetings on the following dates and the following locations:  

      Bellingham, July 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., with open house from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Shuksan Middle School gymnasium, 2717 Alderwood Avenue, Bellingham

      Seattle, July 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., with open house from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Federal Center South, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Galaxy Room, Seattle* 

For further information or to submit comments, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District 4735 East Marginal Way South Seattle, WA 98134 Attention: Olivia Romano or olivia.h.romano@usace.army.mil

During the comment period, the Corps invites federal agencies, state and local governments, Native American Tribes, and the public to participate in the public review process either by providing written comments or by attending a public meeting.  Development of the final EIS will begin after the close of the public comment period.

The draft EIS is available on line at: http://1.usa.gov/1qLhKOq under “News and Updates.” The draft EIS is also available at the following public libraries:

Bellingham Public Library
San Juan Island Library
Blaine Public Library
North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles Main
Ferndale Public Library
North Olympic Library System, Sequim Branch
Anacortes Public Library
Jefferson County Library, Port Hadlock Main
Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
Island County Library, Coupeville

 

*Note:  A valid government-issued photo identification (for example, a driver's license) will be required for entrance to the building.