Final EIS Waiting Period
The Final EIS 30-day waiting period began on December 1, 2017 and concluded on January 2, 2018. The Marine Corps issued a Record of Decision (ROD) announcing its decision on January 24, 2018.
As with the Draft EIS publication, the Final EIS may be viewed and downloaded here or viewed at the following libraries:
- Southeast Public Library, 403 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
- Southwest Public Library, 900 Wesley Place SW, Washington, DC 20004
- Northeast Public Library, 330 7th Street NE, Washington, DC 20022
All comments received during the Draft EIS public comment period have been addressed in the Final EIS. Comment responses are available in Appendix B of the Final EIS.
Draft EIS Public Comment Period
The Marine Corps thanks everyone who provided comments on the Draft EIS for Multiple Projects in Support of MBW. The 45-day public comment period began with the publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register on April 10, 2015 and concluded on May 26, 2015. The Marine Corps held an open house on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Tyler Elementary School to inform the public about the Proposed Action and the alternatives under consideration, and to receive public comments on the Draft EIS. Marine Corps representatives were available to discuss the Proposed Action, the NEPA process, and the analyses presented in the Draft EIS.
The Public Meeting Materials may be found here:
Section 106 Consultation
The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps initiated the Section 106 process on September 6, 2013. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties, and afford the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, as well as the public and other potential consulting parties, a reasonable opportunity to comment. The Marine Corps is coordinating its Section 106 consultation with the development of the EIS, using the EIS as its primary NHPA consultation document.
The Marine Corps initially presented the undertaking to the public during a Section 106 public meeting held concurrently with the NEPA public scoping meeting on September 24, 2103. A second Section 106 public meeting was held on December 1, 2014, and third public meeting was held on April 22, 2015, in conjunction with the public meeting on the Draft EIS.
Handouts from the December 1, 2014 Section 106 Meeting are available here
Handouts from the July 24, 2015 Consulting Parties Section 106 Meeting are available here
Consulting party input was also solicited during this time, as well as periodically between August 2015 and October 2017 as the Draft Programmatic Agreement (PA) was developed. The Marine Corps, DC State Historic Preservation Office, National Capital Planning Commission, National Park Service, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B, and Capitol Hill Restoration Society signed the Final PA and it was executed on October 2, 2017, with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s signing of the agreement. Per the stipulations presented in the PA, consulting party participation will continue during the design phase of the projects identified in the Final EIS.
MBW EIS Public Scoping Period
The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, initiated a 30-day public scoping process to identify community interests and local concerns to be addressed in the EIS. The scoping period began with the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on September 6, 2013. Due to the partial government shutdown that occurred in early-mid October 2013, the official EIS scoping comment period was extended beyond the original closing date of October 7, 2013, to October 25, 2013.
With the publication of the NOI, a notification letter was mailed out to elected officials, government and regulatory agencies, community and environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private parties, and other interested stakeholders.
A public scoping meeting, using an informal, open-house style format, was held on September 24, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tyler Elementary School, 1001 G St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. Please utilize these links to the displays and handouts presented at the scoping meeting.
The Community Integrated Master Plan (CIMP) process was used to evaluate opportunities for community-military partnerships, and to obtain comments from area residents, concerned citizens, local businesses, developers, and government agencies. The CIMP process began in January 2010 and ended in March 2013 as the Navy and Marine Corps prepared to initiate the EIS process.
More detailed information and materials from the CIMP Process is available here: Overview of the CIMP Process
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