[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by the Port of Seattle in response to our Sept. 8 story “City request for Town Hall style Question & Answer sessions refused by Port .” It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]
Scoping is an early component in the environmental review of the SAMP Near-Term Projects. The open houses are one way for the public to provide comments on the evaluation of the potential impacts in the environmental resources categories and elements of the environment required under NEPA and SEPA as well as the reasonable range of alternatives.
Prior to the public scoping process for the SAMP Near-Term Projects environmental review, the Port offered briefings to all local city councils and held three public meetings to help stakeholders understand the outcome of the SAMP planning work and the proposed Near-Term Projects.
The SAMP Near-Term Projects environmental review scoping public period is 60 days. The Port and FAA established a 60-day public comment period, which is almost three times longer than the 21 days required by state law, to give all agencies and the public sufficient time to review materials and provide comments.
For the scoping process for the SAMP Near-Term Projects environmental review, the comment period was noticed through formal notifications, mailings, advertising, and media outreach. The information provided at the start of scoping is identical to the information presented at the four public scoping meetings this month.
The public can comment at any of four in-person public meetings scheduled for September 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The public meetings are just one mechanism for interested parties to provide their input. Members of the public are also encouraged to access the Online Open House at www.SAMPNTPenvironmentalreview.org  for information and to provide formal comments. Comments can also be submitted via mail and email.
There will be future occasions for the public to provide comments on the environmental analysis as part of the SAMP NTP environmental review.
– Perry Cooper
Port of Seattle
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