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NC - Draft EIS for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Out for Review

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement titled Sediment Management Framework has been issued for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The document is now under public review until Nov. 2, 2020.

On Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1, webinars were held at various times to introduce the draft and for the public to ask questions. On Tuesday, 18 people joined the webinar; on Wednesday, 26 and on Thursday, Oct. 1, eight.

“I have been impressed by the public participation and dedication of time during our scoping process in April and Draft EIS meetings this past week. We appreciate and value all of the thoughtful questions and ideas that have come our way because they help to improve the Seashore’s suite of alternatives plans and our analyses,” said David Hallac, superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.

The project purpose is to develop a framework for issuing special use permits for sediment management for beach nourishment, dune restoration and filling island breaches in CHNS.

The framework addresses possible requests for the next 20 years.

CHNS needs an approved Environmental Impact Statement to reduce response time to requests for special use permits for sediment management and to avoid or reduce various impacts of such projects.

The 216-page document follows the standard Environmental Impact Statement: listing alternatives and examining affected environment and environmental consequences.

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