Scoping & Screening
Scoping is the first step in the environmental review process under NEPA. It is an early and open process for the public and agencies to provide input on the scope, or range, of issues to be addressed and identify the significant issues related to the proposed action. The input received during scoping meetings held in October 2014 helped to identify the appropriate alternatives and the depth and breadth of environmental analysis to be completed. It also served to identify and eliminate from detailed study the issues that are not significant or have been covered by prior studies.
A broad range of reasonable alternatives were considered for the Project from the onset. The alternatives were evaluated and screened based on operational and engineering constraints, constructability, cost, and environmental concerns. This screening narrowed the alternatives and provided a more well-defined Project and alternatives considered in the DEIS.