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GSA Scoping Hearing for Plum Island DEIS

In response to a 2008 directive of Congress to dispose of Plum Island, the federal General Services Administration (GSA) has been charged with the responsibility for the sale of the publicly-owned Island to a private party.  As part of the disposal process the GSA has decided, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  The DEIS provides the framework for assessing the potential environmental effects from the sale, such as impacts to critical wildlife species, natural communities, wetlands, water quality, important cultural resources, and site clean-up issues related to past practices at the Animal Disease Control facility.

In the March 18, 2010 Federal Register GSA published its notice of intent to prepare the DEIS.  On May 20, 2010 the GSA held the second of two public scoping meetings to receive public comment on what should be included in the DEIS, i.e. what should be the “scope” of the document.  At the hearing and subsequent to it a number of individuals and organizations spoke or wrote to express what issues and topics should be included in the DEIS.  These letters included a letter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a joint letter from the directors of the New York and New England regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency. The GSA also included letters from the Preserve Plum Island Coalition,  Audubon New York, The Nature Conservancy, the Group for the East End; a representative from Congressman Tim Bishop’s office spoke at the meeting as did Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell.  The day before the GSA held an identical DEIS scoping meeting in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.  Speakers at the Connecticut hearing included Save the Sound and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

Following are a number of the key letters submitted regarding the appropriate issues which should be included in the scoping process for the DEIS:

Preserve Plum Island Coalition

Audubon NY

Citizens Advisory Committee

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound

EPA

US Fish and Wildlife Service - 6/16/2010

US Fish and Wildlife Service - 10/19/2010

The Nature Conservancy

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Preserve Plum Island Coalition - PO Box 735 - Huntington, NY 11743 -