Northwest NEWS

June 17, 2002

Local News

King County issues call for citizens' comments on Brightwater

Many important decisions regarding the proposed Brightwater wastewater treatment facility and its conveyance system are yet to be made.
   King County has currently begun a formal environmental review of the entire Brightwater proposal. Part of the review includes preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This statement will analyze the environmental impacts of building and operating the Brightwater treatment system.
   The EIS process begins with a period called "scoping." Its purpose is to determine the alternatives, impacts and mitigation measures that should be evaluated in the EIS. The information gathered during the scoping period will help identify significant issues and focus the EIS analysis on those issues.
   The county urges the public to tell them what probable impacts to study. Scoping comments will be received through June 27.
   Written comments may be submitted through the Brightwater Web site, http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wtd/brightwater or in a letter addressed to: Environmental Planning, KCS-NR-050, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, 201 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-3855. Written comments must include your name and address and be postmarked no later than June 27.
   After scoping, a Draft EIS will be prepared. Copies will be available for review, and members of the public will have 45 days to comment on the draft.
   During this time, the public once again will be able to comment in several ways, using the Brightwater Internet site, sending a letter or providing oral comments at a public meeting.
   King County will consider all comments received, revise the EIS as appropriate, and respond to all comments in the Final EIS.
   After King County issues the Final EIS, final decisions on the proposal will be made.