Public Hearings
The Department of Defense (DoD), Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) conducted public hearings to provide interested members of the public with the opportunity to learn about, and comment on, the Draft EIS. Two public hearings took place, each with identical presentations and content, and each will be accessible to the public both in-person and virtually via a web-based live stream. Interested parties are invited to view either or both of the public hearings video recordings using the links below.
Video recordings of the public hearing presentations and public comments
Construction and Demonstration of a Prototype Mobile Microreactor Draft EIS Public Hearing 1 Presentation.
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Note: The video recording was modified to present portions of the meeting with discussion and comments.
Construction and Demonstration of a Prototype Mobile Microreactor Draft EIS Public Hearing 2 Presentation.
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Note: The video recording was modified to present portions of the meeting with discussion and comments.
Public hearings provide an opportunity for community-specific input as SCO gathers public comments on the findings of the environmental analysis provided in the Draft EIS.
Public hearing locations and times.
Shoshone Bannock Hotel and Event Center
777 Bannock Trail
Fort Hall, Idaho 83203

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Hearing 1: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Mountain Time Hearing 2: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mountain Time
Virtual live stream option: Same dates/times as in-person meeting.
Note: The meetings have already occurred. Refer to video recordings provided on this page.
Link:   https://vimeo.com/event/1373709/3818475782
Phone Line:  888-788-0099 US Toll-free
Meeting ID:  954 3611 8970
SCO presented the public hearings in both in-person and live-stream formats on October 20, 2021. The hearings began with a presentation providing an overview of the project, information on the NEPA process, and highlights of the Draft EIS content and analysis. Following the presentation, participants provided oral comments on the Draft EIS. Commenters participating in person and in the simultaneous virtual live stream were given up to 3 minutes each to provide comments on the Draft EIS.

After all participants have had a chance to speak, a second 3-minute time allotment was allowed, time permitting. The hearings concluded after 2 hours. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter was present at the in-person meeting and a court reporter transcribed all comments.

In-person attendees were required to wear appropriate face coverings and to follow social distancing guidelines. In light of ongoing health concerns, the in-person hearings were subject to change/cancellation due to evolving COVID-19 restrictions. In the event of cancellation of the in-person meeting, online virtual public hearings would still occur as described on this website.

Comments on the Draft EIS can be submitted by the following methods.
Note: The public comment period is now closed.
-  PRIVACY ADVISORY  -

This Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is provided for public comment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality NEPA Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500–1508). The public commenting process provides an opportunity for public input on Department of Defense (DoD) decision making, allows the public to offer input on alternative ways for the DoD to accomplish what it is proposing, and solicits comments on the DoD’s analysis of environmental effects.

Public commenting allows the DoD to make better informed decisions. Letters or other written or oral comments provided may be published in the EIS. As required by law, comments provided will be addressed in the EIS and made available to the public. Providing personal information is voluntary. Any personal information provided will be used only to identify a desire to make a statement during the public comment portion of any public meetings or hearings or to fulfill requests for copies of the EIS or associated documents. Private addresses will be compiled to develop a mailing list for those requesting digital copies of the EIS; however, only the names of the individuals making comments and specific comments will be disclosed. Personal home addresses and phone numbers will not be published in the document.
Comments were received from September 24, 2021 through the end of the public comment period, which closed on November 9, 2021. All comments, whether oral or written are considered by SCO as the EIS is finalized.
During the Draft EIS comment period, members of the public could choose from one of the four options for submitting comments:
To submit comments via this website, please click here.
To submit comments via email, please click PELE_NEPA@sco.mil.
To submit comments via mail, please submit to the address below. During the public comment period, a comment form was provided on this website. The comment form is no longer available since the comment period is now closed.
Mobile Microreactor EIS Comment
c/o Leidos
2109 Air Park Rd SE
Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106
 
The public hearings described on this page.
Please review the following information about how to provide effective comments

Simultaneously with the in-person hearings, SCO hosted two interactive live webcast public hearings on October 20, 2021. During the webcast public hearings, virtual attendees were able to access and view SCO’s brief presentation on the Draft EIS, followed by a period during which SCO accepted oral comments on the Draft EIS from both in-person and virtual attendees. A court reporter transcribed all comments.

Participants could access the interactive webcast public hearing via the link provided on this website. The phone line listed above was also available to allow people who do not have an internet connection the opportunity to participate. Note that those desiring to provide oral comments had to call in on the phone line. These virtual public meetings were planned to occur even if the in-person events are cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

This website will provide the most current available information about the project and the public hearings.


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