Draftborder station EIS published

Published on Thu, Dec 1, 2005 by ara Nelson

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Draft border station EIS published

By Tara Nelson

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), a federal agency that operates the Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine, has published the first draft of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of its new port of entry facility.

The study is required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which aims to determine the project’s impact on the community and local environment. It also marks the beginning of a series of public meetings to include public comment, the first of which is scheduled for 6 p.m., December 8 at the Blaine Senior Center. The second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., December 13 at the same location.

The proposed project will involve the decommissioning, demolition and replacement of the existing building with a new structure and a parking lot as well as the addition of new motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian lanes. The current building does not meet the Department of Homeland Security space or mission requirements, according to a press release from Michael Levine, regional environmental program analyst for the GSA.

The meeting will give community members the opportunity to express their concerns about the project, which may be included in the final draft.

The Northern Light will publish a more comprehensive summary about the EIS next week.