Public Comment

Public Comments

Public ParticipationPublic involvement is a fundamental aspect of the environmental impact analysis process. The Navy welcomes and appreciates the public’s participation.

The Navy is accepting public comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS. The 60-day public comment period will begin Oct. 13, 2017, and end Dec. 12, 2017. All comments must be postmarked or received online by Dec. 12, 2017, for consideration in the Final EIS/OEIS. All comments submitted during the 60-day public comment period will become part of the public record and substantive comments will be addressed in the Final EIS/OEIS.

The Navy encourages the public, government agencies, elected officials, and organizations to participate in any of the following ways:

Mailing Address:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific
Attention: HSTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134

Tips on Providing Substantive Public Comments

Submitting substantive and concise public comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS is one of the most important aspects of the NEPA process.

 The most effective comments are those that provide useful information to the Navy. For instance, submit comments if you find:

  • An error in analysis that may affect the outcome
  • New information that would change the analysis and conclusions
  • Any peer-reviewed scientific literature that should be considered in the analysis
  • Something that should be clarified
  • A substantially different alternative that meets the purpose and need statement and has not been considered

General recommendations to keep in mind when making comments on any NEPA document:

  • Support statements with details. If, for example, you are concerned about biological resources, it is helpful to focus on a particular problem or issue, such as a species that you feel was not sufficiently analyzed, instead of making a broad statement such as “the Navy did not adequately analyze the impacts on biological resources.” 
  • Back up your statements with explanations, facts, and references, as appropriate.
  • Be as specific as possible with your comments and refer to page numbers and paragraphs in the Draft EIS/OEIS.
  • Keep your comments focused on the specifics of the proposed project under consideration.
  • Submit your comments within the timeframes announced to ensure that your concerns are considered and addressed in the Final EIS/OEIS.
  • Request to be included on the EIS/OEIS mailing list to receive notification of public meetings and project information.
  • Recognize that the potential impacts on resources are likely to be described in more than one section because there are interrelationships between the resources and programs.
  • Become familiar with the contents of the Draft EIS/OEIS, including the purpose and need statement and the responsibilities of the lead agency (Navy).
  • Review the agency website to become familiar with the proposed project, learn about the NEPA process, understand the responsibilities and authorities of the federal agency, keep up to date on public meetings and comment periods, get answers to frequently asked questions, and view agency notifications.
  • Comments on the Draft EIS/OEIS are not counted as votes or as part of a referendum on Navy decisions. They are used to improve the document and analyses, and to ensure that the impacts are adequately determined before the Navy makes a final decision on the proposed project. Therefore, avoid comments that state “I am in favor of this project,” or “I am opposed to this project.” Remember that the more clear, concise, and relevant to the Draft EIS/OEIS your comments are, the more effective they will be and the more likely it is that they will be utilized to improve the final documents and affect the agency decisions.