The public has a critical role to play in the environmental
review process. The purpose of “scoping” the EIS
is to provide an opportunity for members of the public, stakeholders,
agencies, and others to comment on and provide input to the
scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS, and to assist
in the identification of significant issues related to the
An interagency scoping meeting for federal, state, and local
agencies was held on September 14, 2004; a Draft
Scoping Document was prepared and distributed beforehand
to the agencies.
Two sets of public scoping meetings
were held on October 5 and 6, 2004, in Staten Island,
New York, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, respectively. A Public
Scoping Information Packet was prepared and distributed to scoping meeting attendees to provide
information about the proposed action and the environmental
review process, and formal presentations were made at each meeting to provide information about the proposed project and the environmental review process.
The scoping comment period ended on November 5, 2004. The Coast Guard reviewed all comments received and incorporated agency and public input to the scope of the EIS studies, as appropriate.