1. If the Division determines that an
environmental impact statement will be required, the Division shall prepare and
distribute a notice of intent.
As soon as possible after the distribution of the notice of intent, the
Division shall convene a meeting of affected federal, state and local agencies,
affected Indian tribes, the recipient and other interested parties to determine
the scope of the environmental impact statement. As part of this meeting, the
(a) Determine the significant
issues to be analyzed in depth in the environmental impact statement;
(b) Identify the preliminary range of
alternatives to be considered;
Identify potential cooperating agencies and determine the information or
analyses that may be needed from those agencies or other parties;
(d) Discuss the method for preparing the
environmental impact statement and the strategy for securing public
the relationship between the environmental impact statement and the completion
of the facility plan and any necessary coordination between the preparers of
Immediately following the meeting required by subsection 2, the Division shall
commence the identification and evaluation of all potentially viable
alternatives to address adequately the range of issues identified at the
meeting. Additional issues may be addressed or others eliminated during this
process and the reasons for doing so may be documented as part of the
environmental impact statement.
Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, after the Division determines the
need for an environmental impact statement, the Division shall:
(a) Cause the statement to be prepared by
members of its staff; or
Contract for the preparation of the statement with a qualified consulting firm.
The applicant will be charged a fee to cover the costs
incurred in preparing the environmental impact statement.
5. If a federal agency is required
to prepare an environmental impact statement, the Division and the applicant
need not participate in the cost of the environmental impact statement, but
shall cooperate in the preparation of the statement.