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CBP Seeks Public Input on Northern Border Environmental Impacts

Release Date: 
July 13, 2010

Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking public input on four Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements to identify and assess potential impacts of ongoing and potential future border security activities for the northern border between the U.S. and Canada. The "Notice of Intent to Prepare Four Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements for the Northern Border between the United States and Canada and to Conduct Public Scoping Meetings" was published on July 6, 2010 in the Federal Register.

CBP will use the PEISs to improve planning of its actions to meet its homeland security requirements. CBP plans to evaluate the potential environmental effects of its activities conducted along the northern border between the U.S. and Canada, including an anticipated area of study extending approximately 100 miles south of the northern border.

Because of the diversity of conditions from east to west, CBP intends to prepare four regional PEISs, covering the border environment for the following areas: New England region (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont), Great Lakes region (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin), East of the Rocky Mountains region (Minnesota, North Dakota, and eastern Montana), and West of the Rocky Mountains region (western Montana, Idaho and Washington).

CBP invites agencies, organizations and the general public to provide input to this process of scoping environmental issues for consideration in the PEISs. CBP welcomes input regarding potential environmental impacts of the uses of technologies, facilities, infrastructure and personnel for border security.

As part of the scoping process, CBP will hold 11 public scoping meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to obtain input concerning the range of environmental considerations for inclusion within the PEISs. The public is encouraged to communicate information and comments on issues it believes CBP should address in the PEISs.

Meetings for the New England Region PEIS will take place at the following locations:

Augusta, Maine
July 12, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
The Senator Inn & Spa
284 Western Ave.
Augusta, ME 04330

St. Albans, Vt.
July 13, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
St. Albans Historical Museum
9 Church Street St.
St. Albans, VT 05478

Meetings for the Great Lakes Region PEIS will take place at the following locations:

Rochester, N.Y.
July, 12, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Holiday Inn- Rochester Airport
911 Brooks Ave
Rochester, NY 14624

Erie, Pa.
July 13, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Ambassador Banquet Center
7794 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

Massena, N.Y.
July 14, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Quality Inn
10 W. Orvis St.
Massena, NY 13662

Southfield, Mich.
July 21, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express
25100 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

Meetings for the East of the Rockies Region PEIS will take place at the following locations:

Duluth, Minn.
July 19, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Holiday Inn
200 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Minot, N.D.
July 21, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Holiday Inn
2200 Burdick Expressway E
Minot, ND 58701

Havre, Mont.
July 22, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
The Town House Inn
629 1st Street West
Havre, MT 59501

Meetings for the West of the Rockies Region PEIS will take place at the following locations:

Bellingham, Wash.
July 19, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
Hampton Inn
3985 Bennett Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

Naples, Idaho
July 21, 2010; 7-9 p.m.
The Great Northwest Territories Event Center
336 County Road 8
Naples, ID 83847

CBP wants to foster a good neighbor relationship with the communities it works with on a day-to-day basis. It is important to let our neighbors know of any plans or ideas we may have that may affect how they transit the borders or the lands they use for recreation. For more information and other opportunities to provide input please go to the following website.(The Northern Border Project)

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017