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Overview - Scoping Process

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 proposed action.

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.

Transcripts of October 5 and 6, 2004 Public Scoping Meetings:
» View Staten Island (afternoon) Transcript
» View Staten Island (evening) Transcript
» View Elizabeth (afternoon) Transcript
» View Elizabeth (evening) Transcript

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.

GBMP EIS Overview Link
  Steps in the Process
  NEPA Requirements
  Notice of Intent
  Scoping Process
  Purpose and Need
  Preliminary Alternatives
  Potential Issues
  Refined Project Alternatives for DEIS Analysis
  Study Area
  Cultural Resources and Section 106 Consultation
  Draft EIS Published
  Formal Public Meetings
  Final EIS (FEIS) Published
  Preferred Alternative Selected - New Alignment South
  Modifications in the FEIS Since Publication of the DEIS
  General Conformity
  Record of Decision
  Essential Fish Habitat
  EIS Timeline
  Additional Resources
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» Record of Decision (ROD) for Goethals Bridge Replacement Executed on January 31, 2011
» Final EIS (FEIS) Published in August 2010
» Preferred Alternative Selected – New Alignment South